Council introduces smart parking technology

Mayor Lisa Matthews and Unit Manager Economic Development and Project Delivery, Jamie Barclay, at the Racecourse Rd car park

Finding a parking spot at Gosford or Terrigal is about to become a whole lot easier following the introduction of new technology at the Racecourse Rd car park at West Gosford.

Central Coast Council is piloting the new technology, which will help commuters find available car park spaces faster and more easily while reducing traffic congestion caused by drivers looking for parking.

The Smart Parking program is now being trialled at the Racecourse Rd car park using cameras equipped with smart parking analytics which identify if a space is available.

The data is then fed in real time to the existing NSW Government Park’nPay app so that drivers can easily identify how many free car spaces are available at any given time.

The NSWGOV Park’nPay app is free to use and is linked to 266 car parking spaces with in-ground sensors in Gosford and 409 spaces at Terrigal.

The new smart parking technology provides a simple and more cost-effective technology to install and maintain compared to in-ground sensors currently used in Gosford and Terrigal.

In addition, it provides analytic data collection enabling enhanced understanding of pedestrian and traffic statistics to guide future urban planning.

Mayor Lisa Matthews said the project demonstrates Council’s commitment to exploring innovative solutions to the car parking issues facing Central Coast commuters and successful collaboration with other levels of Government and stakeholders to achieve this.

“The Smart Parking pilot program delivers on a key parking principle and action emerging from the Central Coast Car Parking study, and that is for Council to invest in parking technology and smart parking initiatives to improve usage of existing car parks and provide fast access to information on availability and reduce traffic congestion,” Cr Matthews said.

“This initiative has been made possible through the collaborative efforts of Ausgrid, PlusES and the State Government and we appreciate the opportunity to lead the trial of this new technology in NSW.”

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, said the digital technology trial will give local drivers a bird’s-eye view of parking, taking the hassle out of finding a spot.

“The Government’s Park’nPay app has made hundreds of parking spaces at Terrigal and Gosford more easily accessible,” he said.

“The trial will build on that success, thanks to the partnership between the NSW Government, Central Coast Council, Ausgrid and PlusES.”

PlusES Executive General Manager, Jason Clark, said the trial could open up opportunities to bring the technology to other communities.

“We are excited to have partnered with Central Coast Council to install the fibre cables needed to turn a simple power pole into, essentially a smart pole,” Clark said.

Following a successful trial period, Council will progress the new technology for adoption throughout the Central Coast LGA and proceed to a stakeholder consultation and phase 2 implementation.

The Racecourse Rd car park has 200 spaces and is serviced by Council’s ‘easy run’ free shuttle service which runs continuously throughout the day and evening and takes passengers to and from key Gosford CBD locations.

Details and track location of ‘easy run’ can be found at centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/easyrun.

Source:
Media release, Jul 2
Central Coast Council

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