City park and ride sites at Fabian Way and Landore have had their payment machines upgraded as part of the Swansea Labour administration’s improvement scheme.
The car parks are benefiting from a £280,000 upgrade to services which see vehicles being logged by an automatic camera on entry and exit from the sites.
The project which follows improvements to services at the Quadrant and High Street multi-storey car parks aims to make it easier than ever to park and pay by contactless, card or cash.
Earlier last month High Street Multi-Storey car park followed in the footsteps of the Quadrant car park by going ticketless. Park and Ride customers will still get a ticket to use on the shuttle buses that take them to and from the city centre.
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “It’s been good to see that motorists using the Quadrant and High Street have picked up the new way of doing things so quickly. People can pay by cash, card or go contactless.
“The services at Park and Ride have always been very popular and the new machines at Fabian Way and Landore will make them easier to use.
“The new machines are a welcome replacement to the old ones which had reached the end of their useful lives.”
The technology being used to support the system is called Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and is in use at thousands of free and paid-for car parks around Wales and the UK.
Cllr Thomas added: “In the coming months the council is also planning to roll out a new generation of payment machines at our pay and display car parks around the city and in outlying areas.
“These machines will also offer visitors and shoppers the opportunity to pay by card, contactless or cash.
“Our new miPermit app which allows people who use pay and display car parks to pay via their smart phones has been available since last November and has already been used almost 40,000 times.”