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Fforestfach park and ride, Swansea, for ticket machine trial and new CCTV

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

By Helen Keates

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A SWANSEA park and ride is set for new ticket machines as part of a trial.

If successful the new machines could be introduced across all three sites.

They are set to be trialled at the Fforestfach Park and Ride.

Swansea Council said it was part of its plans to make it easier for passengers to use the service.

The local authority is also said to be considering introducing new ticket machines at city centre car parks.

It could mean motorists will be able to pay by card and change would be given.

The improvements are one of a number of changes that are being looked at for the park and ride transport service.

Others include the upgrade of CCTV at the Fforestfach site to provide better security for motorists, including the public waiting areas and the car park.

If the trial is a success, the changes could also be introduced at the Landore and Fabian Way Park and Ride sites as well. Chris Vinestock, head of transportation in Swansea Council, said: "The new ticketing system should lead to a faster more efficient service and allow regular customers to take advantage of discounted rates for season tickets.

"Park and ride provides an invaluable service for motorists coming into the city centre.

"We want to ensure that our customers are getting value for money and the best quality service we can offer."

The council also plans to utilise existing staff at the park and ride sites more efficiently to help improve security at the council's city centre car parks, a spokesman said.

Mr Vinestock added: "The introduction of the new ticketing system will mean we don't need to have staff at the sites on a permanent basis.

"Instead they will be patrolling a number of car parking sites during the day."

Cabinet member for regeneration Nick Bradley previously said car parking was something being "looked at".

He added: "We've got new machines on the way which means people will be able to pay with cards."

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  • Jiffy  |  January 18 2013, 3:44PM

    Taking staff away from the park and ride site will reduce the security of vehicles parked in them. CCTV isn't always going to deter thieves, which is why the council needs to have staff patrolling their city centre car parks. Penny pinching stupidity.

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