Cheshire East Council is rolling out new ticket machines at its pay-and-display car parks across the borough which will provide residents, shoppers and visitors with a greatly improved service.
The new pay-and-display machines will be introduced over the next couple of months and will provide a variety of quick and simple ways for people to pay for their parking.
The new machines will be far more robust and reliable and will accept all methods of payment, except banknotes.
The machines will accept the new £1 coin, due to come into circulation tomorrow, (Tuesday 28 March), as well as the existing £1 coin and will also be able to take contactless payments. Chip and pin for both debit and credit cards can be used for payment and motorists will still be able to pay for their parking via the RingGo mobile payment app.
Councillor David Brown, Cheshire East cabinet member for infrastructure and highways, said: “Once again, Cheshire East is stealing a march on many other authorities by having a plan in place to instal these new machines as the new coinage comes into circulation.
“We have listened to our residents’ concerns about availability of appropriate means of paying and I believe that we now offer a very broad range of options, which will suit all purposes.”
There will be a very short period, between the new £1 coins coming into circulation and the installation of the new machines, when the new coins will not be accepted by the current machines being replaced.
During this period, there will be laminate signs on all the existing machines. The signs will be clearly displayed on the machines once the new coins come into circulation.