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How Auckland Council plans to pedestrianise central Auckland City

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How Auckland Council plans to pedestrianise central Auckland City

A bold plan is set to transform the anatomy of Auckland from a city congested with cars to one bustling with people. Named ‘Access for Everybody’, it will pedestrianise the city space in a series of trials, set to unravel in March next year, turning Queen Street – and other regions across Auckland – into car-free zones. The Auckland Council has voted in unanimous favour to support the strategy. The scheme invites alternative transport modes such as cycling, busing, tramming, and scootering, among others into the city and signifies real potential for local businesses who will benefit by more people. Further, it hopes to change the psyche of the city, as the council carries an idea that Queen St ‘will become a place to go, not to go through’. To grasp the many facets of change, we speak to Ludo Campbell-Reid, general manager of Auckland Design Office, about the vision for the City of Sails.