Auckland Transport is beginning to win friends in the city's eastern suburbs after changing tack over plans to remove car parks for safety improvements.

The council's transport arm has dropped a proposal for road safety measures in Mission Bay in its current form and set up a working party with local business and residents to nut out a solution both sides can live with.

The new approach comes after calls for AT to change an "arrogant" culture following an angry response to safety improvements in the nearby seaside village of St Heliers and concerns it does not listen to people.

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