App that shows available parking being piloted in Cardiff

An app capable of showing people where to park their cars is currently being piloted in Cardiff.

Smart Parking, which can be downloaded on both Android and iOS, allows you to locate vacant parking spaces in real-time.

Wales’s capital is the first city outside London to get the technology, with the council looking to extend the project if it’s a success.

Pilot areas include West Grove, The Walk, Museum Avenue, North Road, Museum Place, Park Place, Wellfield Road, Albany Road, Severn Road Car Park and Sophia Gardens Car Park.

Paul Gillespie, CEO of Smart Parking, said: “Our SmartPark is a tried and tested solution that will make it easier for drivers in Cardiff to find a parking space.

“Customers are able to make better informed decisions about their parking location and able to change their behaviour and seek parking in less occupied streets close to their desired destination.

“Not only does this reduce the time taken looking for a parking place, and make parking in Cardiff easier and more convenient improving the customer experience, but it also indirectly helps to reduce congestion and free up space for others.

“We’re confident that residents, businesses and visitors to the City will have their driving and parking experience transformed in the months and years ahead.”

Councillor Ramesh Patel, cabinet member for transport at the City of Cardiff Council, said: “Although our priority is to get as many people to use public transport as possible, city centre parking is also important.

“I am pleased the implementation of the Smart Parking pilot has started and will be fully installed and operational by the end of July.

“We will work closely with Smart Parking Ltd to launch a public information campaign to get as many people to download the free smartapp on their mobile phone, to make parking in Cardiff easier for everyone.”

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