Deputy Mayor and Paekawakawa/Southern Ward Councillor Laurie Foon encourages residents and people who regularly come to these suburbs for work or other purposes to check what’s planned and provide feedback.
“The scheme has been developed in line with our 2020 Parking Policy and is similar to ones that work well in other cities. But it is different from the way parking in our inner-city suburbs has been managed in the past and a prototype for the way we plan to do it in future – so we do want to hear what people think so we can make adjustments.
“The changes prioritise residents and provide for people who just want to park for a couple of hours to visit someone, shop or go to the market. Unrestricted parking spaces will remain free, which keeps costs down for hospital workers who need to drive, but there will be fewer of them so commuters may need to park a bit further away or consider other transport options.”
The Council is seeking feedback on bike, bus and pedestrian improvements between Newtown and Island Bay that include:
• separated bike lanes on the uphill sections of Adelaide Road and Rintoul Street, with shared traffic lanes on the downhill parts
• separated bike lanes on both sides of Luxford Street and the northern end of The Parade
• lots more safe places to cross including new raised pedestrian crossings
• faster bus trips, and bus stop changes
• parking removal along the route and some changes, including off-street options to retain the same amount of parking near Wakefield Park.
We’re also seeking feedback on bus, bike and pedestrian improvements between west Karori and the Botanic Garden ki Paekākā that include:
• changes to bus stops, bus lanes, and road layout that have been planned with Greater Wellington and Let’s Get Wellington Moving to improve travel times for buses and provide for more or longer buses
• uphill bike lanes on Glenmore Street, Chaytor Street and sections of Karori Road
• lots of safer new crossings
• parking removal and changes.
Councillors will consider and make decisions on the proposals in December. If approved, the new parking scheme will be introduced in stages, starting with Berhampore and Newtown west in the first half of 2024. Work to make the route between Newtown and Island Bay and Karori and the Botanic Garden safer is expected to start in early 2024.
Drop-in sessions in Newtown and Berhampore
• Saturday 16 September – Wakefield Park, Adelaide Road, 9am–12 noon
• Monday 18 September – Daniell Street Community Hall, corner of Constable and Daniell streets, 4.30pm –6.30pm
• Tuesday 19 September – corner of Rintoul and Riddiford streets, 7am–9am
• Saturday 23 September – Newtown market, Newtown School, Mein Street, 9am–12 noon
• Tuesday 26 September – Newtown Community Centre, corner of Rintoul and Colombo streets, 10am–2pm
• Thursday 28 September – Centennial Community Centre Berhampore, 493 Adelaide Road, 4pm–6pm
Drop-in sessions in Karori
• Sunday 17 September – Botanic Garden entrance, 10am–12 noon
• Thursday 21 September – Karori Community Centre, 1pm–3pm, and Karori Library, 4.30pm–6.30pm
• Saturday 30 September – Karori Park, 9am–12 noon
It’s easy to provide feedback on our website transportprojects.org.nz and staff will be available at drop-in sessions to assist people who would like help to do this. If preferred, FreePost feedback forms can be downloaded and printed, or requested by phoning 04 499 4444.