Pay­ment progress at pop­u­lar town car park

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CON­TACT­LESS pay­ment has been in­tro­duced to the Re­gent Ar­cade car park.

Pre­vi­ously, you would have to find loose change or use your debit/credit card and PIN to pay for park­ing at the multi-storey car park.

But now, new con­tact­less pay­ment ma­chines have be­ing in­stalled, to­gether with new en­try and exit bar­ri­ers.

The sys­tem went ‘live’ this week as part of a phased in­tro­duc­tion to the car park off Re­gent Street in Chel­tenham.

The project had been de­layed from last month and is still not run­ning ex­actly as planned.

It meant mo­torists still had to get a pa­per ticket as they went through the new en­try bar­ri­ers yes­ter­day, Oc­to­ber 3.

That ticket then had to be put into a pay­ment ma­chine at the end or your shop­ping trip. It was re­turned af­ter pay­ment (con­tact­less or other­wise) and then needed to be put into the ma­chine by the exit bar­rier.

Shortly, mo­torists will be able to ‘tap’ their con­tact­less card on the way in and on the way out – so no hav­ing to get a pa­per ticket of queue on foot to pay.

If you don’t want to use con­tact­less, you will be able to take a ticket and pay at the ma­chines.

The Echo’s Phil Nor­ris gave the sys­tem a go this morn­ing.

He said: “I liked the old sys­tem in that you could sim­ply drive in, park, pay, and drive out.

“There was none of this tak­ing-at­icket busi­ness which you have at other town cen­tre car parks.”

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