Drivers parking on the streets of Cambridge will be offered more cashless options to pay for their parking from Tuesday (9 April).
Cambridgeshire County Council is launching a pioneering “multi-vendor” phone parking service for drivers looking to park in the city’s Pay & Display bays, offering three cashless solutions for drivers to choose from at each location.
Cambridge is the first city in the UK to introduce this type of multi-service scheme and the County Council’s Parking Service has worked closely with their IT provider ‘Conduent’ to create a seamless and convenient process for the public.
The new scheme is set to offer a wider range of options whilst minimising confusion for those that already pay to park via a mobile phone. This means drivers will have a variety of options and can choose the phone parking service they prefer.
The current phone parking provider ‘RingGo’ will continue to be available. The two additional solutions are ‘JustPark’, which is currently available in the City Council’s off-street car parks and ‘Mobon’, used at the train station’s car park.
No changes will be made to the current location numbers, which identify every Pay & Display areas, so drivers who already pay to park by phone can continue to do so. The signs on the pay machines are being changed to reflect the new offer and all three services will use the same location codes.
Phil Hammer, Parking Operations Manager at Cambridgeshire County Council said: “Whilst we encourage the use of alternative modes of transport across Cambridge, we recognise this does not suit all visitors and residents. In these instances, it is only right we make parking as easy as possible.
“Cashless parking gives you more choice, it is more convenient and makes life easier. No more fumbling around for coins or rushing back to your car to top up the meter, you can extend your parking on the go. Once registered, all you’ll need is the location number of the street and you can swiftly pay with your card.
“Since its introduction in 2015, cashless parking in Cambridge has grown considerably with more than a quarter of a million sessions booked in the last year alone. Now people have more choice we expect this figure to increase as more drivers will be able to experience parking without coins.”
Cash options currently remain available at all sites and more contactless card payment facilities will be rolled out in the future.