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 first new pay-and-display machines were introduced in Crewe today 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 in time will accept all methods of payment, except banknotes.
The machines accept both £1 coins currently in circulation and will also be able to take contactless payments. Motorists will still be able to pay for their parking via the RingGo mobile payment app. Chip and pin for both debit and credit cards will soon be available as a means for payment.
As the old machines are unable to accept the new £1 coin, the council took the decision to start installing the new meters early and will address the issue with card payments as soon as possible. Card payments are expected to be available during June.
Councillor David Brown, Cheshire East cabinet member for infrastructure and highways, said: “The old parking meters had been in circulation for a very long time and we needed to modernise our parking offer.
“We are starting to instal the new meters in Crewe today and will be continuing the installation programme across the borough over the next six weeks.
“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.”
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