Drivers will soon be able to make card and contactless payments when visiting the Malvern Hills.
Work to install new machines that will accept credit and debit card payments, as well as cash payments, began this week with a small number of car park machines being converted.
Ten car park meters across the Malvern Hills will be upgraded by the Trust and the remaining 'cash-only' machines will be replaced over the next two weeks. The phased replacement allows any potential issues to be identified and fixed before meters are installed at the more popular car parks in an effort to minimise disruption for visitors.
Duncan Bridges, CEO, said ‘The first phase has been completed and a small number of our car parks now have contactless payments. We’re hoping that upgrading the machines will make it easier for visitors to the Malvern Hills with the choice of cash or contactless payments.’
All the income raised from the car park goes towards the care and conservation of the Hills and Commons which fall under the care of the Trust.
Duncan added ‘As a charity, the support we receive from visitors is essential in helping us care for this landscape. Managing the habitats, preserving archaeology and providing visitor infrastructure such as paths and car parks, all costs money and we are extremely grateful to visitors for their contributions.’
Car parks will remain open whilst this work is carried out and signage will be in place with information for visitors. The Trust's staff will also be patrolling the car parks following installation to offer assistance.
For frequent visitors to the Hills, parking passes are available and a discounted parking pass is available for precept payers who contribute towards the Trust. More information about the passes can be found here