Hundreds of car parks to close for work

The St Andrew St car park was full this week. PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN
The St Andrew St car park. PHOTO: GERARD O’BRIEN
About 300 centre city Dunedin car parks will be closed for three months from the end of this month.

Dunedin City Council transport strategy manager Nick Sargent confirmed yesterday the planned St Andrew St car park upgrade would begin on September 28.

Alternative all-day parking was available in Thomas Burns St, Great King St, north of the railway station and Parry St, Mr Sargent said.

"This could also be an opportunity to try alternative transport options such as bus, cycling, walking and carpooling," he said.

The council would be redesigning and sealing the car park, making safer entrances and exits, improving drainage, and providing gate barriers to protect pedestrians and cyclists at the St Andrew St railway crossing.

He said a 3m-wide cycleway would be constructed along the railway side of the car park, linking to the new Water of Leith cycle and foot bridge and West Harbour shared path.

When completed, the parking lot's capacity would be 225 angle parks.

Early this year, Mr Sargent said there had been delays with the $700,000 project over final designs and securing contractors.


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You can bet that guy who calls himself a mayor will be rubbing his hands together with great delight.

Let's get this right....It's an UPGRADE?!
300 car parks reduced to 225....So, less revenue for the DCC.
Closed for 3 months. So, less revenue for the DCC.
Cost $700,000......So more cost for the DCC.

Yeah, I gotta be honest, I'm not really seeing the upgrade here DCC?!

I hope this try alternative transport applies to all DCC managers allocated a car to take home at nights.

DCC doing what it is best at: destroying car parks. "Get out of yer carz and take our buzes- you sheeple".

More incompetence from this completely useless council.They seem determined to destroy Dunedin and access to it by the majority of people. Forget the elderly, the sick, those who need to transport things, just concentrate on the loud, green lobby groups and lycra louts. The sooner Hawkins and his acolytes go the better.

What has been overlooked in the reports of this work is that it is part of the construction of a shared path running from the existing path behind the Z Energy tank farm, under the Anzac Ave overbridge and through the car park, to the south end of the railway station. A rail siding currently runs off the main line at the overbridge and down the side of Wickliffe St. It used to service the wharf where logs are now stored and log ships loaded. There has been much talk recently of logs being stored outside of the city (Milburn has been mentioned) and railed to the wharf, thereby removing logging trucks from the city. The new path will have to cross the siding. So will the siding be removed? If so, how does this fit with plans to rail logs into the port? No-one is asking this question.

I dunno. I bought a couch recently. Is the Council now obliged to give me a place to put it? The writing is on the wall for private car use: suck it up buttercups, use your legs and a bus, carpool, or bike. You have plenty of options, just it seems a lack of willingness to use them.

Noted, unfortunately that doesn't suit everybody Parents with children getting children to school school pick ups older generation of people, Not lack of willingness maybe a solution that worked being taken away from people and no other solutions that works for people is given like a reliable bus timetable to meet children at school or a pickup from daycare where is the light rail the Trains. WRT your New Couch - lets try this and see it it changes your mind, Put your new couch in the shed, garage or carport Monday to Friday you can only use your new couch Saturday and Sunday at all other times sit on the floor, now how pathetic does that sound?. just as pathetic as taking away car parks, and making the town go backwards

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