Busy car parks on the campus of Lancaster University which provide 550 visitor spaces now offer visitors the chance to pay by credit or debit card.
Lancaster University has had a travel plan in place since 2004 to improve the travel choice of staff, students and visitors and promote the use of sustainable forms of transport. This includes ensuring that its car park management strategies are complementary to travel plan objectives.
The university has reorganised, renamed and re-signed its visitor car parks and introduced metric aura chip and pin pay and display machines.
Nine out of a recent order for ten Aura chip and pin machines (eight of which are mains and the other two solar powered) have been installed as part of a significant change to parking on the campus to compliment its new second edition travel plan (2010 – 2015).
Lancaster University’s travel and environment co-ordinator, Philip Longton said the visitor car parks are now easier to find and easier to use with improved information and more pay and display machines installed.
The parking charge for visitors had also been increased from £3 to £5 per day which was one of the reasons why they had decided to offer a card payment option for people without £5 worth of coins.
The campus, which now has a zoning parking system for staff, students and visitors, has retained two of its accent pay and display machines, though one of these will be replaced by an aura at the end of the summer.
Lancaster University’s campus has a total of 2,700 parking spaces and 550 of these are for visitors.