Published: August 16, 2015
Cashless parking machines hailed a success in Burnham-On-Sea
The introduction of cashless payment machines at public car parks in Burnham and Highbridge has been hailed a success.
Thousands of motorists have used the new payment machines in local car parks, which allow them to pay by mobile phone instead of coins.
Sedgemoor District Council introduced the new payment machines in March last year to make it easier for drivers to pay at car parks in Highbridge’s Bank Street, Burnham’s Lynton Road, Oxford Street, Pier Street (East, West and South) and Berrow Road.
“Since launching in March 2014 over 9,000 customers have successfully used the ‘phone and pay’ system for parking in our car parks,” Sam Taylor, Sedgemoor District Council’s Community Relations Officer, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
“We saw over 1,000 customers using the system in July alone. Many of these customers now use the service on a regular basis.”
“The system enables customers to pay using their mobile phone, removing the need to carry cash. There are also options to receive a reminder text or to top-up your payment if your stay is longer than expected saving you precious time returning to your car and then scrambling for change.”
Once registered, customers can use the facility in any ‘pay and display’ public car or on-street parking bay in Somerset.
Annual and quarterly season tickets are other cash-free options for paying for parking in Sedgemoor’s car parks. These are particularly useful for people who park in car parks regularly during the working week.