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A 'Small Change' will Prove Much Better

Friday 13th August 2010

It’s no longer a problem if you don’t have cash and you and want to park in Ashburnham Road Car Park, close to Bedford Railway Station. As of Monday this week, one of the cheapest places to park for the day (at only £5), now has pay and display machines that accept credit/debit card payments (as well as small change).

 

The car park, which was formerly the old Focus stores parking area, has had both its pay and display machines updated, so as to offer its customers a more convenient way of making payment.

 

The machines still do not accept notes, and customers had previously had to ensure they had enough coins on them in order to make their exit after their stay. Those wishing to park their car for the day would have had to ensure that they had £5 worth of small change on their person, in order to pay the daily rate.

 

Cllr Charles Royden, Portfolio Holder for Environment & Transport, at Bedford Borough Council said: “We’ve all been there, were we have to make sure we have enough change for the car park and you can often get caught out, which is a bit of a nuisance. Maybe you have to extend your stay in the car park, as you make a dash to a cash machine, and then buy something in order to change a note into coins! This will free people up considerably, and should make their trip into Bedford much more enjoyable and convenient.”

 

Season tickets are also available from the ‘Parking Shop’, located at 26 Harpur Street, Bedford.

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