Car park barriers have been removed at Oxenholme Lake District station and replaced by technology as Virgin trains has introduced Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).
This system, which reads vehicle number plates, is intended to make end-to-end journeys more seamless and to save time entering and leaving the car park.
Payment can be made online, where regular customers can create an account or purchase a car park season ticket, and there are now also more payment options at the parking payment machine, including credit/debit card, Google Wallet, Apple Pay and cash, and payments can be made either before or after a train journey.
Oxenholme is the first station on the West Coast main line to have this technology installed. It follows the introduction of pre-bookable parking at the station, and work by Virgin Trains and Network Rail to create additional spaces in the lower car park.
Virgin Trains’ station manager at Oxenholme, Louise Fairclough, said: “Parking is important to our customers, many of whom travel to the station from remote areas by car, and the introduction of ANPR will improve the experience for people travelling to and from Oxenholme station.
“The technology is user-friendly – it saves time getting in and out of the car park and provides more flexible payment options, making end-to-end journeys more seamless.”