Payment progress at popular town car park
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.”