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Car park users can swap new coins for old

Car park users in Swansea are to get a helping hand when paying a parking fee, following the introduction of the new £1 coin.

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While city car parking payment machines will not accept new coins yet, Swansea Council has organised a 'coin swap' system at all of their manned parking facilities so paying customers don't get caught out when parking.

It means there will be a supply of old £1 coins at each of the sites in the city so motorists can swap their new ones for old ones.

Sites motorists can swap their coins include the Quadrant Multi Storey, Fabian Way and Landore Park & Ride sites, High Street MS and St David's (after 6pm).

The LC and the National Waterfront Museum have also agreed to assist with the coin swap scheme. 

Transportation officers in the Council have confirmed that all car park payment machines across Swansea will be converted to accept the new twelve-sided coins later in July.

Stuart Davies, Head of Highways and Transportation, said: "We are aiming to ensure all of our car parking payment machines will take new £1 coins by the end of July.

"Converting them too early when there are not a high number of the new coins in circulation would have led to problems so we are trying to make sure we time it right.

"In the meantime we want to make sure that car park users that have new coins can still swap them for the old ones and use our machines.

"We can't provide the service at all car parks because not all car parks are manned. Customers can obviously use other coins or even pay by credit card to avoid getting caught out."

The news of the payment machine upgrade follows on from recent upgrades to a number of surface car parks which have all been resurfaced.

The £100k upgrade includes car parks at Salubrious Passage, Pell Street, East Burrows, The Dairy - Mumbles and Brighton Road, Gorseinon.

Mr Davies added: "These are relatively small surface car parks but they are regularly used and it's important that we make sure they are fit for purpose."

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