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Watch this space for car-parking directions

Jul 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

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WATCH THIS SPACE: An Auckland idea comes to Wellington. Photo courtesy of WCC

WELLINGTON City Council is investing $300,000 in electronic signage to alert drivers to CBD parking buildings that have spaces. 

The real-time signs are targeted at helping visitors as well as reducing congestion, ahead of the Rugby World Cup’s first Wellington match on September 11, 2011.

Already in use in Auckland, the signs will be appearing in the Capital by June next year, says business performance manager (infrastructure) Jon Visser. “We’re committing to get them up before the Rugby World Cup.”

The signage will guide drivers to commercial carpark buildings and electronic data will show how many available spaces there are.

The initiative came from Mayor Kerry Prendergast, council transport portfolio leader, and first appeared in the 2010/11 draft annual plan in April.

Time for public response closed on May 10 and the plan was signed off by the full council on June 25. 

The signs are aimed at minimising congestion in the central business district, according to the transport section annual plan, and are part of “creating a more efficient transport network”, the plan says.

Others signs showing parking building locations are under review and will be improved where necessary, Mr Visser says.

Paraparaumu resident Nicolaj McHowell says he doesn’t think the signs are needed.

I have never once been unable to park in one [parking building] and you already have signs for parking in the city anyway,” he says.

However, Mr Visser says he did not receive any submissions on this project.

Signage will apply to the council’s three commercial parking buildings, and those of Wilson, Care Park and Tournament parking companies.

The companies are expected to contribute by assisting to the design of the system, upgrading where necessary and making available their garage management system. Financial contributions are also being negotiated.

Mr Visser says the companies are all being co-operative. Locations for the signs are still to be confirmed.

Likely sites for electronic parking alerts

  •  Aotea Quay
  • Featherston St (Thorndon Quay/Murphy St offramp)
  • Vivian St (near Terrace Tunnel exit)
  • Oriental Pde
  • City side of the Mt Victoria Tunnel
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