Park and ride survey results revealed


Poll results show Queenstowners want a potential park-and-ride service extended – and they’re not prepared to pay much for it.

More than 400 people responded to a Queenstown council survey, leading up to a trial which should be launched before Christmas.

Under the trial, commuters will park their vehicles at Frankton and take a shuttle to and from work in the Queenstown CBD.

The council’s earmarked two possible sites at Frankton for parking – one around Grant Rd, near the Five Mile shopping complex and the other near the BP roundabout on State Highway 6.

But poll responses from Fernhill-Sunshine Bay and Arthurs Point residents show there’s demand to include other areas.

Queenstown’s principal infrastructure planner Tony Pickard says the price range needs to be “low”.

“Public transport is seen as expensive currently, and parking – although limited in Queenstown – is still cheap or free.”

Of the 368 people who responded to the survey question regarding price, 161 (43.8 per cent) said they would be prepared to pay $2.50 for parking and a daily return trip by shuttle, while 122 (33.2 per cent) said they would pay between $3 and $5. 

The survey, which closed last Monday, gauged interest in the park-and-ride, which aims to provide alternative transport for workers in the resort.

That’ll free up parking, described as being at a “premium” in the town centre, for visitors and residents making shopping and business trips.

Of the 428 respondents, 86 lived in Lake Hayes Estate or Shotover Country, 78 in Frankton and 53 in Arrowtown.

The survey asked residents to identify where they lived, by selecting the location closest to them – while Fernhill-Sunshine Bay and Arthur’s Point were not included as options, 95 people (22.2 per cent) selected “other”.

The responses also indicated a wide range of operating hours and a high frequency of shuttles would be needed to accommodate the mix of “employment/enjoyment hours” within the resort, with 217 people (59 per cent) saying a shuttle would need to depart – in each direction – every 15 minutes morning and night to meet their needs, the most popular departure time being 8am (35.9 per cent of respondents).

Return times were listed hourly between 5pm and 9pm – 102 people said a 5pm return trip would meet their needs, but 132 (35.9 per cent) people responded “other”.

Pickard says the survey has been “very helpful”.

“The intention is still to have a trial park-and-ride survey under way by the end of this year.”

Otago Daily Times