Extra ticket machines are due to be installed at Cambridge’s Park and Ride sites this week to make it quicker and easier for the millions of customers using the sites each year.

Since parking charges were introduced there have been queues to use the machines at busy times, so the Council have ordered more machines, which are being installed.

The improvements are part of a number of initiatives by Cambridgeshire County Council to make it easier for people to pay for their parking and catch a bus at the Park and Ride.

Thousands of people are going online to http://www.cambridgeparkandride.com/ to pay for their parking at the sites, where a number of options are available from discounted annual seasons to pay as you go for occasional users.

Now eight extra machines are being put in at the five Cambridge sites and a new video explaining how to use them is also available online. The parking system is ticket free, all drivers need to do is enter their registration number in the machine.

Extra signs have also been put in place to help customers, and staff are on hand to give advice and help people use the system.

Park and Ride still remains one of the best and stress free ways of getting into Cambridge, especially as for every fare paying ticket purchased, three children can travel free.

The City’s popular Firework event will also see free parking at all five park and ride sites from 3pm to help visitors to the display.

A parking charge of £1 was introduced this year as part of a need by the Council to find the £1 million it costs each year to run the sites.

Joseph Whelan, Head of Passenger Transport at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “These new machines, signs and film are all part of the Council’s commitment to help people use Park and Ride and get into the city the most stress free way. We know there have been problems for customers adjusting to the new payment system and the new machines and extra measures should make this a thing of the past, but we will continue to keep a close eye on things in the run up to Christmas. It is also good to see thousands of people are also paying for their parking online.”

Andy Campbell, Managing Director, Stagecoach, said: "Stagecoach are pleased that changes are being made to reduced the delays to customers. Passengers who pre pay their parking can pay the £2.70 fare on bus and avoid the queues."

More information on charges and ticket options can be found here

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