New £2 million car parking payment system a ‘good investment for town’ Woking council insists

February 11, 2019
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A project to update car parking payment systems in Woking has been labelled a “good investment for the town”.

Nearly £2 million is going to be spent installing the latest technology for car parks in the town if councillors agree the scheme this week.

Woking Borough Council’s Executive committee voted to put forward the recommendations at their meeting on Thursday, February 7.

The project, which will cost a total of £1,980,000, will procure car park management systems for over 4,000 off-street parking spaces in Woking town centre and surrounding village centres.

 

The existing car park equipment is over 10 years old, but the new system could include signs to inform drivers where there are spaces or even registration number plate recognition for paperless payment.

If agreed by full council, the first car parks to “go live” with the new technology will be Red and Green car parks next to Victoria Square in September 2020.

Cllr Colin Kemp, portfolio holder, said: “The marketplace is vibrant with all the different types of systems and we have got a decision about what is best for the town. It’s a good investment for our town centre.”

 

Cllr Ann-Marie Barker, Lib Dem Goldsworth Park member, said: “It just seems a huge amount of money to make it easier to use the car parks.”

Red Car Park in the town centre is currently closed as part of preparations for demolition work. The Blue and Yellow Car Parks are still open.

Douglas Spinks, deputy chief executive, said on Thursday: “It’s important everyone puts the message out that the town is still open for business and there are still car parking spaces available. We are monitoring it very closely.”

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/woking-car-parking-payment-system-15801941


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