United Parking opens a new car park serving Darlington Station today. This marks the first introduction of RingGo phone parking to the North East. The newly resurfaced car park, featuring 24 hour CCTV surveillance, lies right next to the station and is the first of many that are planned to be opened by the company.
As something of a herald of things to come this car park is the first off-street car park in the UK to be opened on the basis of phone parking only. Managing Director of United Parking, Morris Lew, explained the rationale. "Our daily rate is £6.50 which clearly implies the need to offer credit and debit card payments. In undertaking this new build we looked at the more obvious options offered by Chip and PIN enabled pay and display machines and also barrier controlled car park machinery. We were however convinced that RingGo offers a uniquely powerful and easy to use service. As the owners of the site, the advantages of basing the operation of the car park on such a cost-effective service are very impressive and it has allowed us to offer a premium service whilst keeping our overheads low.
United Parking is expecting the new car park to be full from day one. RingGo is of course well known to rail travellers across the West of England having been offered in all First Great Western rail car parks since 2006. This is however the first time it has offered as a means of car park payment in support of a GNER station. There is no convenience charge levied nor are there any plans to do so. Parking is simply charged at a flat rate of £6.50 per day or £28 for a full calendar week.