Council adds to modern payment car parks

Cheshire East Council has extended card payment systems to all its car parks after a trial was completed at selected sites.

The RingGo system was trialled at 18 council car parks and has now been rolled out to an additional 47 sites across the borough.

Motorists can use a credit or debit card via their mobile phone, as well as cash, to pay for off-road parking in all 65 of the council's pay-and-display car parks.

Until now cash payments were only possible which many businesses and retailers say limits the attractiveness to visitors.

Cllr David Topping, Cabinet member in charge of service commissioning, said: "Our aim is to provide customers with a wider range of payment choices, as we realise that people have busy lives and don't always have large amounts of change on them.

"We said when the initial trial was launched, that if it proved successful and popular with the public, we would look to invest across the whole Borough – and, true to our word, that is what we are doing.

"Using the latest technology for simple and safe card payments gives motorists greater choice and flexibility and helps make paying for parking easier and less stressful."

Payment by RingGo was introduced in November 2011 at 18 car parks across Cheshire East. Payment is made using mobile phone technology and a debit or credit card. Car parks featuring the RingGo service simply require customers to contact RingGo by phone, smartphone app, SMS or online.

Three-month and 12-month permits are also available to buy, which give customers a substantial discount and negates the need for regular payments altogether.

Also, parking on seven car parks across the Borough is free of charge from 3pm each day.

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