The Labour-led Swansea Council is behind a scheme which will benefit motorists using some of the city’s busiest car parks.
Motorists are set to see the benefits of a £280,000 upgrade of parking payment machines in the coming weeks in two multi-storey car parks and two park-and-ride sites.
Work is starting this week in The Quadrant Multi Storey Car Park to bring in a new generation of payment machines that will be reliable and easy to use for the thousands of shoppers who use the car park every week.
Upgrades will follow soon after for High Street Multi-Storey car park and for the council’s two park and ride sites on Fabian Way and at Landore.
Labour Cllr Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure, said: “These state-of-the-art machines are much-needed and will be welcome replacements for the old payment equipment which has reached the end of its useful life.”
Labour councillors in Castle Ward have welcomed the scheme.
Labour Cllr Fiona Gordon said: “Castle councillors are pleased that the car parks are being brought up to date with efficient equipment which will make the shopping experience smoother.
“We appreciate that people like to pay in various ways, and are glad that more options will soon be available.”
The work is part of a major investment upgrading the council’s car parking services. This included the introduction late last year of the MiPermit app for pay and display car parks which has been used more than 16,000 times so far.
The council is also looking at further improvements to payment facilities at pay and display locations as well in the coming months.
Cllr Thomas said the new payment machines are specifically for council car parks which are barrier-operated. People will be able to pay by cash, card and contactless. Instructions will be in Welsh and English and keypads will be easy to use.
Contractors will be on site at the Quadrant early this week and the machines are expected to be available to use there by next week.
He said: “The German-made machines we’ve invested in are robust, resilient and straightforward to use. They’ve proved themselves in many hundreds of car parks around the UK as well as on the continent and across the globe.
“Even so, we’ll have staff on hand at all the car parks in the early days to help people get used to them and to answer any questions they might have.”
At The Quadrant MSCP there will be five payment machines. In addition to that, drivers who’ve forgotten to pay at a payment point will be able to pay by contactless card at the exit barriers
Similarly, High Street MSCP will be getting five payment machines with a contactless payment point at each of its two exit barriers.
Cllr Thomas added: “It will take investment in the High Street multi-storey car park to over £150,000 so far. More work on further improvements will be taking place in the summer.
“Work at each car park is likely to cause some disruption from time to time while contractors install cabling and other equipment. But I want to reassure users that no car park will be closed while the work takes place. They will all be available as usual.”