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Parking boost for motorists


A new digital technology that has helped revolutionise parking in European cities is now available for motorists within Newcastle’s CBD.

Find & Park is the latest addition to Newcastle council’s EasyPark app, which allows users to pay for parking and top up any additional time needed, remotely, using their smart phone.

Deputy lord mayor Declan Clausen believed it would be a game changer for parking in the city.

“Find & Park takes the stress out of driving by providing motorists with clear, concise information on where best to find a park,” he said.

“It is an incredibly intelligent form of technology that has been adopted by some of the world’s smartest and most technologically savvy cities, such as Stockholm, Copenhagen, Berlin, Rome, Milan, and Barcelona.”

To use Find & Park, motorists can open the EasyPark app and click ‘Find’, then enter their destination.

An in-built map then guides them to the best parking area which is closest to their destination. 

Cr Clausen added it would play a major role in easing congestion caused by motorists searching for parks.

“Information provided by EasyPark shows about 30% of traffic in congested European cities, where the technology originates, is caused by people searching for parking,” he said.

“The technology will allow motorists to make better informed parking decisions, just like red and green parking indicators have done for drivers accessing car parks at major shopping centres in Newcastle and elsewhere.” The Find & Park service is currently only available within the Newcastle CBD, however, the council will work to expand the footprint. 

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