A total of 21 car parks in a Lincolnshire town are to receive new contactless payment machines. The council-owned car parks in Boston will soon contain new machines which will accept contactless and chip-and-pin card payment as well as the existing options of cash and online app.
During the works to install the machines, which are scheduled to run from November 3 to November 10, there may be some points when the old machines have been disconnected or are unavailable before the new ones are activated. Boston Borough Council says that, in this situation, there will be no requirement to pay for use of the car park.
Once the new machines are made live, users will be required to enter their vehicle registration number to purchase a ticket, before choosing their duration of stay and then having the new option of paying via card or Apple Pay, as well as the previous methods. The machines are also made from high security steel with anti-graffiti coating to reduce the risk of vandalism against them.
Councillor Sandeep Ghosh, Boston Borough Council portfolio holder for finance, said: “I am delighted that we can make this important investment to install these new machines, which will provide the user with a quicker, simpler, and less restrictive experience when parking in Boston.
“We recognise that cards and phones are increasingly the most popular ways to pay, especially when out and about and on the move. With these upgrades, we hope we can take some of the stress out of parking for people so they can instead focus on their visit to Boston, whether it’s for shopping, something to eat or drink, work, or to meet up with friends and family.”