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West Suffolk Hospital installs number plate recognition car parking system

A new car parking system at West Suffolk Hospital could save the organisation £24,000 a year.

West Suffolk Hospital Bury St Edmunds....Picture Mark Westley. (2939508)
West Suffolk Hospital Bury St Edmunds....Picture Mark Westley. (2939508)

The old barrier system and yellow chip coins have been scrapped in favour of number plate recognition.

Anyone accessing the site will now have their number plate automatically logged by a new camera system. Before leaving they will go to a pay station, enter their registration number and pay, with a barrier automatically raising at the exit.

Stephen Dunn, chief executive, said the new equipment brought the hospital's car parks up to date, should be quicker and easier for people and should also save West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust money.

"We estimate that by not using chip coins and reducing barrier maintenance costs we will save something in the region of £2,000 a month," he said.

“There have been a few teething problems, as is to be expected with any new system, but these have largely been resolved. We’ve had some really positive comments on the process."

He added a car parking help station would be in operation soon, while there is also an app called Glide Parking which can be used for payment.

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