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Gloucester City Council is investing £1million in state of the art car parking facilities, including injecting £750,000 in the Eastgate Shopping Centre car park and introducing up-to-date parking systems at Kings Walk.
As part of the city centre regeneration project the city council is investing heavily to improve parking in the city centre, starting with a £750,000 investment into the Eastgate Centre car park. The car park, which is on the roof of the shopping centre, is starting to show signs of wear and tear and this cash injection will solve issues such as the damaged road surface and faded parking lines. This is the first major overhaul of the rooftop surface for many years and will substantially extend its life.
A new ‘pay on foot’ parking system is also being introduced at Eastgate Shopping Centre and Kings Walk, allowing customers to pay for their parking once they’ve finished enjoying their time in the city, rather than feeling the need to rush back before their ticket runs out.
In addition to the ‘pay on foot’ payment machines, users who are paying by contactless debit or credit card will be able to ‘wave and pay’ on entry and exit. A sensor will register the payment allowing the customer to visit the car park without having to receive a ticket at the machine.
The ‘pay on foot’ parking systems will be supported by using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) allowing disabled users to pre-register their vehicles and drive into the car park hassle free. The ANPR system will automatically recognise the registered vehicle and the barrier will rise, on both entrance and exit.
The council will shortly be issuing registration forms for disabled users, which will also be available on the website.
Cllr Paul James, leader of Gloucester City Council and cabinet member for regeneration and economy, said: “We’re committed to making our city centre as attractive and convenient as possible for our residents and visitors. Modern car parking is vital to attract people in to enjoy the centre and complements the existing development and regeneration going on all around us.
“Introducing the ANPR system is just the beginning, we will also work with our city centre businesses to use all the different functions that the system can offer, including opportunities for individual retailers to offer free or discounted parking.”
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