RingGo to be rolled out in Southwark

Cobalt Telephone Technologies, creators of RingGo, has today announced a long term contract to provide mobile phone parking to the London Borough of Southwark.
This follows the full roll out of on- and off-street parking across Hounslow which was completed in March and the initial off-street provisions being introduced into Ealing.

The initial phase of the implementation will take place in the North of the Borough. Almost 100 on-street Pay & Display Briparc machines will display RingGo signage - covering the three major zones of Bankside, Borough, and London Bridge. Every one of the on-street spaces in this sizeable tract of Central London, will offer the option of mobile phone parking by the close of June 2007.

Nick Costin, Parking Manager at Southwark, explains the decision. "The Borough has been looking at various cashless parking options for a while, but is now convinced that the ease of use of RingGo makes it the best choice for busy London streets. If new visitors to Southwark have never used phone parking before, it has to be clear and quick so that they get to their appointment on time."

The area to be covered by RingGo includes a fashionable and vibrant stretch of the south bank of the Thames whose attractions include Southwark Cathedral, Tate Modern, the Globe Theatre and Borough Market. These make for high demand and turnover of parking spaces. It is therefore anticipated that the 'phone back to extend' option will be very popular.

Des Waters, Southwark's Head of Street Scene summarised the implementation project "We've been tracking the developments in Phone Parking and it has without doubt come of age. RingGo is the ideal offering to serve this attractive and lively area. It may, in time, allow us to reduce the amount of street machinery as well as from the start supporting motorists who to may wish to make their payment from the privacy of their car."

Harry Clarke, Commercial Director of Cobalt, adds, "We have been in discussions with Southwark for some time and are obviously very gratified to be introducing RingGo to yet another major London borough. The simplicity of our system means not only that callers will ring the same phone number as in Hounslow and Ealing, but also that any individuals who have ever used the service before will be fast-tracked straightaway. And this is good news because the more London boroughs that deploy RingGo, the simpler for motorists it becomes!"
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