From mid-July 2010 Southern will be introducing changes to payment options at the car park at Brighton Station, by introducing ground-breaking Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology, and smarter, more convenient ways to pay.
At the moment, paying for parking is controlled by a barrier system, but in July the barriers will be removed and car registration numbers will be recorded on entry and exit by an ANPR system. Occasional parking will be cheaper and more convenient, by introducing hourly parking for £1 and a full day’s parking reduced from £11 to £10.
Southern’s Business Development Manager, Matt Bunn said: “We are introducing the new technology at Brighton as it’s one of our busiest car parks and it’s a great opportunity for people to pay for their parking in a more convenient way.
Southern’s car park team will be available in the kiosk if car park users need any help or advice. They will also be able to take payment if users don’t want to use the new payment methods. The team will be on hand to help between 0500 and 2300 Monday to Saturday and between 09.00 and 17.00 on Sundays.
To ensure that we are getting it right, we will be surveying registered users for their views on the new system.
Leaflets explaining the new system are available at the station and from staff at the car park kiosk.
There will be four methods of paying for parking:
• Using a mobile phone by credit/debit card (hourly and day tickets only). This method will allow extra time to be purchased remotely should a customer know they are going to overstay the initial period of time they have paid for. Once registered, this can be done by text.
• Via a website customers will be able to purchase e-tickets (day, monthly and quarterly tickets only). This will allow customers to pre-book tickets before parking or on the day they park, as long as they purchase a ticket before midnight on the day they park. To purchase tickets via the web, customers need to log on to: southernrailwayparking.com
• Should customers not wish to use the other methods, tickets will also be available from the staffed kiosk in the car park using cash or card. Customers should pay as soon as they have parked their vehicle and state the period of time they wish to park for (hourly and day tickets only).
• Monthly, quarterly and annual season tickets will continue to be available at the ticket office and annual tickets must be purchased in this way. Monthly and quarterly season tickets will be available on the web.
There will no requirement to display anything in the customer’s windscreen to show they have paid to park.