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Car parks in Lichfield to trial contactless payment

Contactless payments are being trialled at car parks in Lichfield.

The Friary car park
The Friary car park

Bird Street and the ground floor of the The Friary car park have both seen new payment points introduced.

Lichfield District Council says it will monitor the success of the trial and consider installing more at other locations if the scheme is successful.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet member for investment, economic growth and tourism, said: “As a council we want to make it easier for everyone to use our car parks.

“I know from personal experience you often have to hunt for coins to pay and sometimes you cut short the time you might have stayed because of the change you have in your hand to pay for your ticket. 

“Increasingly it is becoming possible to use contactless payments and I am really pleased that Lichfield can now offer this way of paying in our car parks on Bird Street and at The Friary.

“This will make it simpler to park without needing coins to do that. If contactless payment proves popular, we’ll look to install similar machines in our other car parks.”

The council already allows the use of payments via an app in car parks.

Cllr Eadie added: “This option is really useful because if you have decided to stay a bit longer in Lichfield, as you can top up your parking on the go.

“The app is widely used, so you can use it to pay at other car parks across the country that have signed up to the same scheme.”

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