Westminster roll-outs out parking bay sensors

The infra-red SmartEye sensors will be installed in parking bays across the West End. Drivers will able to download an app to view a real-time map of parking availability.

Working with Smart Parking, the council has already trialled the technology in five streets including Savile Row and St John’s Wood High Street.

Nickie Aiken, the council's cabinet member for street management, said: "Parking bay sensors are a simple concept that will deliver major benefits for people visiting Westminster as well as those living and working here. Making it easier to find a parking space, reducing congestion in the process, they are a key investment in Westminster’s commitment to provide ‘fairer, easier, parking’."

The three-year contract will see 3,000 sensors installed, paid for with revenue raised through paid-for parking in Westminster. If successful, a further 7,000 sensors could be installed across the rest of the city.

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