In the week of September 24th 2018, a new car park charging system will be installed at Ferry Meadows.
The system is very similar to the one which is already in place: it’s ticketless and uses automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology.
The main difference for our visitors will be the introduction of a barrier system on entry and exit to Ferry Meadows.
Why are you making this change?
Over the past few months we have been reviewing our existing system, in line with visitor feedback. Our visitors are very much our priority at Nene Park so we have chosen to implement a completely new system to ensure a positive experience for our visitors when parking at Ferry Meadows.
Since the current system was implemented in 2016 there have also been further improvements in technology and our new system will take advantage of these.
How will it work?
As you enter Ferry Meadows, drive up to the entry barriers and the automatic number plate recognition cameras will take a photo of your vehicle registration. The barrier will then rise. There will be two barriers on entry and two on exit, to reduce the risk of queues.
When you’re ready to leave, enter your vehicle registration number in FULL at one of the pay stations and pay the appropriate charge (as is the case currently).
As you approach the exit barrier it will rise automatically.
What are the car parking charges?
Standard tariff: Summer 8am - 8pm Winter 8am - 5pm
Up to 1 hour £1.50
1 to 1.5 hours £2.00
1.5 to 2 hours £2.50
2 to 2.5 hours £3.00
2.5 to 3 hours £3.50
3 to 3.5 hours £4.00
3.5 to 4 hours £4.50
Over 4 hours £5.00
Off-peak tariff: Summer 8pm - 8am Winter 5pm - 8am
Off-peak 50p per hour
How do I pay?
All you have to do is visit one of the pay stations and enter your registration number, as is the case now. The cost will be displayed. Use contactless payment, credit/debit card or cash (change will now be provided) to pay. You won’t receive a ticket – the system will recognise that you have paid and let you through the barrier.
Where are the pay stations?
All pay stations are in exactly the same locations as before.
Where there are two pay stations located together, one will offer card only payments whilst the other will offer cash (change given) as well.
What happens if there’s a problem with the machine or I can’t get out of the car park?
There is a 24 hour intercom button on the pay machines and at the exit barriers, which you can call for assistance.
I am part of a group that meets in the Park (such as Parkrun and Sailability) – what do I need to do?
For groups that usually use a code to receive free or reduce parking charges you will be issued with a barcode number to enter at a pay station. Parkrunners should be able to use their Parkrun bar code. You will benefit from a discounted charge during the time when the group or event takes place, just as before.
I have free parking as a member, what do I need to do?
All parking memberships for Ferry Meadows will remain in place. Just as with the current system, parking members will not need to go to a pay station. The entry and exit barriers will rise automatically once your registration number has been recognised.
What do I do if I’m just dropping someone off?
As with the current system, if you enter the car park and leave within 20 minutes, there’s no charge.
Who’s providing the new system and how do you know they offer a good service?
The new system is provided by Indigo, a member of the British Parking Association which operates in other locations including Xscape in Milton Keynes and the Lister and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals. The system uses equipment by Scheidt and Bachmann, widely considered to be among the best on the market.
What about Orton Meadows and Thorpe Meadows?
At Thorpe Meadows, as of July 2018 we now have a payment system in place using a new solar-powered pay and display solution using solar powered payment machines. Parking at Thorpe Meadows for the first hour is free, then £2.50 for stays of between 1 hour and 24 hours. We are also installing a barrier solution with tickets at Orton Meadows in the week of 1 October 2018. For customers of The Granary, Rutland Cycling or Orton Meadows Golf and Pitch & Putt, free parking is still place, provided you present your parking ticket at these businesses before you leave.