Metric Parking is riding high thanks to the UK’s favourite short-break destination. The ever-popular Alton Towers Resort has installed a pay on exit system that includes six pay stations and nine exit ticket terminals.
Visitors to the Resort’s theme park in the Staffordshire Peak District buy a £5 exit ticket from one of the pay stations and use the ticket at an exit terminal when leaving the Resort.
Said Richard Boultbee, Metric Parking’s sales and marketing manager who secured the order, “Alton Towers Resort’s extremely popular theme park is full of rides and adventures for all ages. Employees at the Resort want to ensure that at the end of day a simple and effective exit to the real world is ensured, and we are there to provide it.”
He continued, “I could say that the project has been a rollercoaster ride, but in truth it has been a pleasure working with the team at the Resort, the project has run on time and we have already discussed further enhancements for the future.
This year theme parks in the UK are open for longer than ever before, right through to November, so it is important that theme parks like Alton Towers get the best possible payment system in place.”
The automatic pay stations replace a coin only payment for an exit token. The new system provides theme park goers with a coin and bank note option including change giving facility with credit/debit card payments as a further method of payment.
On exiting the resort the exit ticket is validated, re-printed and given back to the driver as a voucher which is redeemable on a future visit to the theme park.
The system has a central computer hub which monitors the units at the theme park. Some of the terminals are connected directly via TCP/IP network whilst others have been configured to be monitored over the internet due to the vast area which the theme park covers.
The two Alton Towers Hotels also have desk top devices which allow guests to have their exit ticket swiped for swift exiting via their own dedicated exit lane as part of the total installation.