New contactless payment machines to be fitted in Kettering car parks

Published: Wednesday, 2nd January 2019

Car parks could see some disruption during week commencing 7th January

Kettering Borough Council is set to improve its car park payment machines early in the new year, to allow the use of contactless card payments. 

The new contactless payment option is in addition to the current choices of paying by coin, by phone or by credit/debit card - with the exception of the Pop & Shop bays at School Lane, which are 40p for an hour (coin only). Machine improvements will take place over the course of a week in the Council’s car parks at London Road, Wadcroft, Commercial Road, School Lane, Queen Street and Commercial Road.

During the week commencing 7th January 2019, there will be some limitations on parking whilst construction work is undertaken to remove the existing machines and replace these with new ones.

Customers will still have the option to pay by phone throughout the works, using the PayByPhone app. There will be no changes to the current tariffs.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“We will do our utmost to minimise the disruption to the public, while the new machines are installed. During this week, wardens will be available in the car parks to assist customers and ensure that they are not unnecessarily inconvenienced.”

Cllr Mark Dearing, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said:

“Kettering Borough Council’s car parks are the safest and most convenient way of parking close to the town centre shops, restaurants and amenities and the new contactless payment machines will ensure parking is even quicker and easier.”

Kettering Borough Council’s car parks received two parking awards in 2018 for the standard of safety and accessibility, with all locations achieving the Park Mark Safer Parking standard and Wadcroft, London Road, Municipal Offices and School Lane car parks also receiving the Disabled Parking Accreditation.