Visitors to Crawley in West Sussex will now benefit from improved access to and from the town centre thanks to new parking technology commissioned by the borough council.

The local authority has been working with Flowbird to replace a pay and display system at its Orchard Street multi-storey car park with a new MiniPark automatic number plate recognition scheme.

The council has made the investment to making parking more convenient for motorists and also to help improve traffic flow into and out of the 448 spaces car park in order to ease congestion on the local road network.

A spokesperson for Crawley Borough Council commented: “The Flowbird MiniPark solution, combined with the security systems installed in the car park, has made the Orchard Street facility a safer and more positive experience for visitors. Rather than having to predict how much time they will need for parking, customers using the new system pay only for the time they use, without worrying about over-running and incurring a penalty notice.

“This system also recognises season tickets, which again adds to the convenience for regular users.”

The MiniPark system is ticketless, with vehicle details logged by ANPR camera on entry and checked for payment on exit. There are multiple terminal payment options, including coin, card and contactless. Pedestrian access is secured by vandal resistant tablet devices that require the driver to enter their number plate, validating their vehicle is in the car park, prior to allowing access.

The off-street parking facility is also integrated into the council’s centralised management solution, which helps the local authority monitor and control all its town centre car parks.