Merton car parks achieve Park Mark accreditation and get new ways to pay

Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Cabinet Member for Transport, sees one of the new payment machines at Kenley Road car park, which has achieved Park Mark accreditation
Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Cabinet Member for Transport, sees one of the new payment machines at Kenley Road car park, which has achieved Park Mark accreditation

Twelve of Merton Council’s car parks have been awarded Park Mark accreditation following an inspection by the Metropolitan Police and the British Parking Association.

The award of Park Mark shows how the council is successfully minimising crime and the fear of crime in its car parks, through the achievement of high standards in lighting, signage, cleanliness and surveillance.

All twelve car parks already held accreditation, but each site is regularly reassessed to ensure that it still meets Park Mark standards. The 12 car parks have now had their accreditation re-awarded for a further one or two years, depending on the car park.

As part of the council’s project to modernise the borough’s parking infrastructure, plans are already in place to renew the signage and tariff boards in council car parks, including the Park Mark badge. Work will also take place at the two other council-run car parks to bring the facilities there up to the Park Mark standard during 2023.

And there’s more good news; 17 new payment machines have now been installed in our car parks. The new machines provide customers with the option to use both chip insert and contactless payment using Visa and Mastercard cards, as well as Apple Pay and Google/Android Pay. They also still accept coins, and of course motorists can still pay via their mobile phone.

Councillor Stephen Alambritis, Cabinet Member for Transport, said:

“I’m delighted that twelve of Merton’s car parks successfully had their Park Mark accreditation renewed. Our teams are working hard to bring the other 2 car parks up to these standards, so residents and visitors to Merton continue to feel safe and secure when parking in the borough.

“We’re also ensuring that it is simple to pay for parking. The roll-out of 17 new state-of-the-art machines accepting contactless and mobile payment methods will be more convenient and save visitors time.

“We know how important our car parks are for local residents, so making them safe and easy to use is a priority for us.”

Find out here where car parks are located in Merton.