Council to spend £200,000 improving car parking in Northampton town centre

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A total of £200,000 is set to be spent on improving car parking in Northampton town centre, including the introduction of more card payment meters.

At a cabinet meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) members are expected to approve capital expenditure to improve town centre car parking.

As part of the £200,000 investment over the next three years, the council is considering introducing more pay on foot and facilities for card payment and payment by telephone.

Other future improvements may also include the installation of electric charging points, including some at the newly-refurbished Northampton Railway Station.

The meeting papers state the one-hour free parking offer, introduced in April 2014, resulted in car parks in Northampton town centre being full for the “first time ever” during the Christmas period.

The document states: “Christmas 2014 saw some car parks for the first time ever, on occasions, reaching full capacity, requiring shoppers to be diverted to other car parks.

“The process was well managed by council staff and shoppers remained satisfied with the service they received while visiting our car parks.”