New car park system at Bradgate Park fails after one day

The new barrier-operated car park system at Bradgate Park has been switched off – a day after it went operational.

Bosses at the popular beauty spot have warned visitors that the car park at Newtown Linford will revert back to pay and display for the time being due to “technical issues” with the new system.

The Trust posted a message on their Facebook site yesterday – 24 hours after the introduction of the new system whereby vehicles have their registration number logged via ANPR (automatic number plate recognition).

The new system at the Newtown Linford car park, which was introduced to allow a 10-minute drop-off, started operating from Wednesday, May 26, but has had “teething problems.”

Yesterday (May 27), a Trust spokesperson posted the message: “As of this afternoon we will have no option but to revert back to pay & display until such time that the technical issues with ANPR are addressed.

“So on arrival please pay at one of our pay & display machines in the car park and then correctly display your ticket in your window screen. Bradgate Park are so sorry for any inconvenienced caused.

“Please bear with us as this facility is new to us too, together we can all overcome any teething problems. If you have any issues in this car park we will have staff there to assist over the weekend.”

The spokesperson said they expected the ANPR system to go live again after the half-term break.

Work is planned at the Newtown Linford car park

A Bradgate Park Trust spokesperson previously explained how the new system was supposed to work.

“How will this work: on arrival you will enter the car park via the entry barrier where your vehicle registration will be logged,” said the spokesperson.

“You can then park and enjoy your walk in our fabulous park.

“Before getting back in your vehicle, proceed to the two pay stations located between the black wrought iron gates and the blue badge parking bays.

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“Enter your registration details and make your payment – card and cash accepted, change given.

“Once payment has been made, make your way back to your vehicle and exit via the normal exit route where the barrier will lift to allow you to exit.”

All other car parks will remain pay and display as normal, said the spokesperson.

Permit holders will be able to enter and exit as normal, they added.

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