New card technology for station car parks

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NEW cashless pay-and-display machines are to be introduced at some train station car parks.

South West Trains will install the new parking machines at 35 of its car parks – including at Fareham, Havant, Petersfield and Winchester.

The machines will allow payment by debit or credit card, rather than just coins.

Weekly pre-paid parking season tickets will also be available to buy from the new machines

Cherie Murray, project manager for South West Trains, said: ‘We know from passenger feedback that finding enough change for parking can be a real hassle, particularly now that so many everyday payments are made with plastic.

‘Motorists want to use cashless, fast and secure pay and display, and this is exactly what we’re going to provide at 35 of our busiest station car parks.’

South West Trains said it had spent £13m in improving its car parks and will have created an additional 2,000 spaces by May.