This work builds on and complements previous investigations undertaken in 2016 as part of the initial route analysis.
Traffic surveys were carried out in February, after the 2017 school term resumed to ensure typical daily movements were taken into account.
Different options and impacts were considered in relation to car parking. Route analysis considered five route options (Route A to E) connecting Fitzgerald Avenue to Wilsons Road. Consideration was also given to combinations of these, providing one route
outbound and a different route inbound.
When comparing the route options, consideration was give to a number of criteria including, but not limited to, safety forall road users, directness, business impact, residential impact, operational and network impacts and costs. A significant concern raised by the business community was the impact on car parking. As such, further parking surveys were undertaken as outlined in the following section.
Parking surveys were carried out as part of the original route analysis for Heathcote Expressway Route in 2016. Further surveys have been carried out in 2017 to capture the five route options between Fitzgerald Avenue and Wilsons Road, including measuring the occupancy of on-street car parks between 7am and 7pm. The number of parks available and the occupancy percentage are summarised in the following table.
|Route||# of parks||Average user||AM Peak Usage||PM Peak Usage|
|A||178||92 (52%)||116 (65%)||86 (48%)|
|B||193||116 (60%)||116 (60%)||135 (70%)|
|C||118||50 (42%)||63 (53%)||56 (46%)|
|D||158||93 (59%)||121 (77%)||93 (59%)|
|E||163||92 (56%)||113 (69%)||93 (57%)|
The number of marked off-street parking spaces along Ferry Road was also recorded (approximately 220), however the occupancy of these off street sites was not included in the survey.
The results indicate that the route with the lowest car park occupancy is Route C Ferry Road-Wilsons Road. This is consistent with the 2016 parking surveys which demonstrated Route C had the least impact on on-street parking.
Preferred Route Option
The extended route analysis and parking study, supports the 2016 result which favoured the Ferry Road option due to directness, coherence, least number of right turn movements for cyclists and least impact on on-street parking. As such, Ferry Road remains the preferred route for the cycleway between Fitzgerald Avenue and Moorhouse Avenue.
Read the detailed Heathcote Expressway Assessment Report (PDF).