Published on: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Last updated: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Greater Anglia is improving Shenfield car park by adding more than 70 spaces and installing Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology.
Shenfield car park is among the top six busiest car parks on the Greater Anglia network and the current 548 spaces are often almost completely full by 9am on weekdays.
Greater Anglia is taking over three compounds near the entrance to the car park, currently used by Network Rail and levelling, resurfacing and installing new lighting in them.
Further spaces will also be created by extending the existing two-level modular multi-storey car park sideways by 24 metres.
The company is also installing ticketless ANPR technology at Shenfield to make it easier for customers to pay for parking and help to improve security.
Some improvement work at the car park has already started. Construction work on the multi-storey is due to take place on the weekend of 23/24 February.
The car park will remain open throughout the works. All the work should be complete by mid-April.
Simone Bailey, Greater Anglia Asset Management Director, said: “Shenfield car park is very busy and these extra spaces should make life a little easier for customers who drive to the station, while ANPR brings many benefits including ease of payment and saving time queuing at ticket machines.”
ANPR increases the variety of payment options available to customers, including paying online anytime up to midnight the day after their visit, on the Greater Anglia Parking Portal, gaparking.co.uk.
The can pre-register their car and payment details online, allowing automatic payment to make parking completely hassle-free, although they can still pay by cash, card, Google Wallet or Apple Pay at ticket machines in the car park.
Blue badge holders will continue to park for free, provided they register with NCP either online or by phone up within 24 hours of leaving the car park. They can do this online, by phone or by post and register more than one car if required.