Newarke Street car park upgrade completed
Published on Thursday, May 9, 2019
AN extensive improvement scheme to make Newarke Street car park safer and easier for motorists to use has been completed.
Work began in March on installing new technology including Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, new payment machines and barriers in the Leicester City Council-run car park, to replace equipment and fittings which are nearing the end of their lives.
An additional exit lane onto York Road has also been created which will tie in with wider road improvement works in the area.
New CCTV cameras were also installed at the car park earlier in the year, and lighting has been improved throughout the building.
The £170,000 package of improvements was completed at the end of last week.
Newly-installed ANPR cameras could allow vehicles to be automatically let out once their stay has been paid for without the driver having to stop, and could also be used to enable Blue Badge holders, contract parking and other permit holders to be automatically recognised and allowed to enter and exit.
New payment stations, which will be more reliable and need less maintenance, have been installed offering cash, chip and pin, and contactless payment methods.
The works at Newarke Street Car Park are the first phase of planned investments over the next few years to see improvements and new technology rolled out to city council-owned car parks across the city.
Leicester City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The work at Newarke Street Car Park will make this very busy car park much easier and safer for motorists to use.
“The combination of updated technology, better payment machines and upgraded security ensures it will be far more secure, as well as making it simpler for people to use.
“We aim to continue this programme of improvement works in the other city council-owned car parks across Leicester, to ensure all motorists get access to clean, safe city centre car parking.”
Further proposals include introducing a smartphone app offering payment by phone, along with plans for cashless parking in future.
For full details of all city council-operated cars parks in Leicester, visit: www.leicester.gov.uk/transport-and-streets
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