Sir George launches RingGo at Andover Station
5 Dec 2008
Harry Clarke GY Alex Walker
Harry Clarke GY Alex Walker
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As from Monday, commuters parking at Andover Railway Station will be able to pay their car parking charges by mobile phone.

Sir George launched this extension of a service already available elsewhere with Harry Clarke, owner of Cobalt Telephone Technologies - the company that has won the contract - and Implementation Manager Alexander Walker.

"South West Trains have recognised that paying by mobile phone is a very handy option for commuters to pay parking charges when they arrive at their departure station and so have selected RingGo to trial at ten stations. RingGo have been offering this service at all First Great Western stations, including Newbury, now for over two years with positive public feedback."

The trial will launch at ten large stations - Andover being one - others include Winchester, Southampton Parkway, Woking, Farnborough Main and Basingstoke.

Sir George said that people did not always have the right change to pay at the existing machines in the carpark - nor did they always have time to buy a ticket before catching the train. "They can now pay for their ticket when they are on the train."

"I am sure there will be a good take up at Andover, and I hope that South West Trains will consider rolling out the scheme to Grateley, Whitchurch and Overton."

Motorists who choose to pay by phone ring a Basingstoke telephone number, key in a four digit identification code to identify which station they are parking at, give the number of their car and then authorise the fee to be debited from their account. Andover residents will be familiar with the technology as Test Valley Borough Council have introduced it for most of their car parks
 
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