Paid for Parking Machine Removal Trial

Closed 17 Sep 2018

Opened 23 Jul 2018


We would like your views on plans to improve our environment and save money by reviewing the number of paid for parking machines.



As part of a trial this summer, we’ll be temporarily taking paid for parking machines out of service in several areas across Camden. During the trial, machines will be covered up and motorists will need to pay for parking using mobile payment.


The trial areas

Why are we doing this?

The aim of the trial is to get your views on removing the machines and paying for parking through the mobile payment service.

The proposal is part of our commitment to find better ways to deliver the best value services across the borough. We want to focus on Camden’s economy, allowing easier access to local businesses. We also want to create a more sustainable and attractive environment for visitors and residents by removing street clutter, reducing congestion and improving air quality.

Camden has almost 250 paid for parking machines. They take up space on the street, are prone to damage and are costly to maintain. Keeping the machines working and collecting cash from them requires a fleet of service vehicles adding congestion and pollution to the borough.

In recent years, there has been a radical change in the way customers in Camden pay for short-term parking. This has seen big reductions in cash and card payments at parking machines and an increase in mobile payments using the RingGo service.


Mobile payment is quick and easy: you just need a payment card and a phone or smart device. Using the service offers benefits that paying at a machine does not:

  • live maps and navigation to available parking spaces, allowing you to find a bay more easily
  • text reminders for parking session expiry, peace of mind for keeping track of your time
  • the ability to extend a parking session remotely, allowing you to top up without returning to your car
  • account management, save favourite locations and download receipts
  • a single registration provides access to paid for parking in more than 400 towns and cities throughout the UK


How to make a mobile payment?

There are a number of ways to make a mobile payment:

  • by downloading the RingGo app to your smart device
  • online at
  • call 020 3003 2532 to pay over the phone
  • text: 81025 send one short message and pay for parking
  • quote the location code specified on the nearby sign


  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden Town with Primrose Hill
  • Hampstead Town
  • Holborn and Covent Garden
  • King's Cross


  • Anyone from any background


  • Business and local economy
  • Community and living
  • Environment
  • Transport and streets