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DCC - Second Octagon Experience trial closure planned

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Following the success of the temporary closure of the Octagon for the three Ed Sheeran concerts at Easter last year and the partial closure of George Street for the Glow light exhibition in July, a second Octagon trial closure is planned for the busy summer months.

The second trial closure of the Octagon will look a little different than the first in that there will be staggered closures between January and March 2020, with a full closure from 27 January to 16 February (inclusive) and partial closures from 17 February to 23 March (see table below).

The trial is part of the wider Central City Plan, an urban plan designed to make Dunedin’s central city a vibrant and bustling hub for residents and visitors.

Dunedin City Council Principal Urban Designer Kathryn Ward says, "Through these trials we are starting to gather valuable information from businesses, residents and other stakeholders that will help shape Dunedin’s central city. The focus is the safety and accessibility of public spaces and creating compelling, attractive places where people want to spend time."

The DCC is calling the trial closure The Octagon Experience, the same name which was given to last year’s trial closure.

During the full closure the Octagon will become the ‘hub’ for the Otago Community Trust New Zealand Masters Games. The Masters Games runs from 1 - 9 February and expects to attract 5000 local and visiting competitors. Activities held in the Masters Games hub will be open to the public. The Octagon will also be a focal point for activity before the Elton John (4 February) and Queen concerts (10 February) at Forsyth Barr Stadium and the Highlanders Super Rugby game on 7 February. On 15 February the Octagon’s annual Thieves Alley will be held, and on 16 February, Octagonal Day.

DCC staff will be working alongside key stakeholders to ensure as little disruption as possible to usual business activities. Alternative arrangements are being made for some services. This includes relocating cruise ship buses and arranging alternative taxi stands and mobility parking.

Around 40,000 visitors are expected into the city for concerts and the Masters Games between 1 and 10 February.

A series of central city initiatives and changes will continue to be trialled as part of the Central City Plan, designed to guide development of the area for the next 10 - 15 years.

This pedestrian trial is budgeted to cost $150,000, with events held in the Octagon funded separately.

For more information

Kathryn WardJoy Gunn

DCC Principal Urban DesignerManager Community Development and Events 03 474 379803 474 3540

Closure dates

Street/s affected

Status

27 January - 16 February

(inclusive)

George Street (from Moray Place south to Bath Street)

Closed

Stuart Street (from lower Octagon to Bath Street)

Closed

Entire Octagon

Closed

Stuart Street (from upper Octagon to include taxi stand outside St Paul’s Cathedral)

Closed

Harrop Street

Closed

Stuart Street (from taxi stand outside St Paul’s Cathedral to Moray Place)

Space shared by both vehicles and pedestrians

Bath Street

Space shared by both vehicles and pedestrians

Stuart Street (between Bath Street and Moray Place - north lane)

Space shared by both vehicles and pedestrians

George Street (between Bath Street and Moray Place - east lane)

Space shared by both vehicles and pedestrians

17 February - 9 March

(inclusive)

Octagon carriageway

Closed

Octagon (upper north-west quadrant)

Closed

Octagon (lower south-east quadrant)

Closed

Stuart Street (from lower Octagon to Moray Place - south lane)

Closed

Stuart Street (from upper Octagon to Moray Place) - north lane)

Closed

George Street (from Moray Place south to Moray Place north except for carriageway)

Space shared by both vehicles and pedestrians

Octagon (upper south-west quadrant)

Space shared by both vehicles and pedestrians

Octagon (lower north-east quadrant)

Closed

Stuart Street (from upper Octagon to Moray Place - south lane)

Space shared by both vehicles and pedestrians

Bath Street

Space shared by both vehicles and pedestrians

Stuart Street (from lower Octagon to Moray Place - north lane)

Space shared by both vehicles and pedestrians

10 March - 23 March

(inclusive)

Octagon (lower south-east quadrant)

Closed

Stuart Street (from lower Octagon to Moray Place - south lane)

Closed

Octagon (lower north-east quadrant)

Space shared by both vehicles and pedestrians

Stuart Street (from lower Octagon to Moray Place - north lane)

Space shared by both vehicles and pedestrians

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