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Article from BTNews 1 FEBRUARY 2021

Park now – pay later

Motorists in a hurry to catch their Great Northern, Southern or Thameslink train, can now park at the station and pay for their parking up to 24 hours later.

The latest Government advice is to stay at home or stay local to help tackle the spread of Covid-19, but for anyone whose travel is essential, the latest upgrade to parking facilities will be a real time-saver.

‘LatePay’ is offered by APCOA, which has taken over the management of the train station car parks for rail operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR). It works in 61 of the firm’s 149 car parks that uses CCTV pictures of number plates (automatic number plate recognition – ANPR) to automatically check who has parked where and when.

Using the APCOA Connect website, motorists can, for no extra fee, pay later, to save themselves time at the station or avoid a parking fine if they forgot to pay when they arrived. They can even do it after they have come back and driven away, up to 24 hours after they first arrived.

This is a similar system to that used with the Thames Crossing and Central London Congestion Charging, but the trick is to remember to pay on time.  





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Stuart Fisher, GB

This is not like the Thames or Mersey crossings in that you can pay at the machine. With those crossings you have to have a mobile phone and some way of finding out the address of the operator (not the fake ones) and there is nowhere to stop to pick up this information. Non English speakers stand little chance. 5% of drivers crossing on the M25 route get fined, a nice little earner.