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By Fiona Reid
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Railway parking about to get easier

A SCHEME has hit Dumfries Railway Station which is promising to reduce parking hassles.

The station is one of 20 in Scotland where changes to parking payments are being rolled out, including contactless and card payment technology.

The ScotRail Alliance’s programmes and transformation director Ian McConnell said: “Parking at stations shouldn’t be a hassle.

“These new and upgraded machines will accept card payments with no minimum spend, as well as accepting the new-style £5 notes and £1 coins.”

The new machines are being introduced for station car parks operated by ScotRail where charges apply, and form part of an ongoing upgrade to Scotland’s rail infrastructure.

All ‘pay and display’ car parks also offer the option for customers to pay by phone or app via Ring Go.

Every pay and display machine has been replaced, while all ‘paystations’ car parks with barriers have been upgraded to accommodate contactless card payment methods.

It follows an announcement earlier this month that customers will be able to benefit from 100 free-to-use electric vehicle charging points from November.

Mr McConnell said: “We’re working hard to improve the experience for our customers every single day.
“This is one small change that we hope will make a big difference for them.”

Transport Scotland’s Andrew Mackie welcomed the move and said: “With the investment in new and upgraded machines at station car parks this will make it easier for customers to choose how they pay for their parking.”

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