North Yorkshire Councils Could go the AppyWay
North Yorkshire councils to continue using AppyWay following a successful trial period.
17:49 21 April 2021
North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Council's cabinet members are expected to approve proposals to extend the use of AppyWay following a successful trial period.
AppyWay is a smartphone app that provides real-time availability of parking spaces across Harrogate town centre. It allows drivers to easily navigate and pay for a parking session with a single click.
The trial of the smart parking solution has shown that it creates a better parking experience for the customer and provides a benefit to the local economy and environment.
North Yorkshire County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for access, said: “We committed to the smart parking trial, in partnership with Harrogate Borough Council, as part of our continuing efforts to use innovative ways to improve traffic flow in Harrogate for the benefit of residents and visitors.
“Analysis of the trial shows a high level of satisfaction, with the smart parking option proving less stressful and encouraging people to stay longer. Providing visitors and shoppers with this more convenient and enjoyable experience will be a huge benefit to the town’s retailers and other businesses as they recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Councillor Phil Ireland, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for sustainable travel, said: “When we first implemented this comprehensive smart parking solution, we were the first local authorities in the county to do so. It is clear we have led from example as this award winning app is now being adopted by other authorities across the country.
“The data from the trial period has shown it not only can make parking easier and more convenient for people, it can also save people money and encourage them to visit the town centre and stay longer.
“What we weren’t aware of at the time, was that the contactless payment element would also prove beneficial during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“The app will play a role in the recovery of the high street and I will be recommending the approval for a further two years.”