Southern to introduce ANPR cameras at Crowborough

The Automatic Number Plate Recognition technology will identify the number plate of a vehicle when it enters and exits the car park and checks that payment has been made for that period of time.

ANPR cameras Crowborough railway station

Pole going up

Southern’s parent company, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) introduced a pilot scheme at 25 stations last year.

Indigo operate the parking facilities on behalf of GTR.  The current charge for a daily ticket at Crowborough is £4.60 Monday to Friday and £2.16 on a weekend and Bank Holiday.  Passengers can pay online, via an app or at one of the ticket machines.

A Govia Thameslink spokesman said

I can confirm that Automatic Number Plate recognition systems are being installed at Crowborough along with a number of other station car parks on our network. The systems will be in operation from late summer and full customer communication will be issued in advance.

We allow a generous 20-minute grace period for picking up, and this is flexible at times of disruption to train services. However, customers must be aware of the 20-minute period and make a choice as to where they wait if trains are delayed.

7 comments on “Southern to introduce ANPR cameras at Crowborough
  1. so everytime one of the rush hour trains is late by 20 mins – which is every other day – the poor buggers picking people up from the station will get hit with a fine – yep that makes sense

  2. Oh good, and has the parking machine been fixed yet? Last time I used it at a weekend it was trying to charge double for a £2 parking fee. It had been broken for months according to the man in the booking office. Good job you can pay him to get your parking ticket, or this new system will be raking in fines galore. (Or is that the idea?…)

    • Sorry, Jane I should have perhaps spelt it out a little clearer: This article relates to Southern Railway introducing ANPR to the car park at the railways station.

      However, readers might be interested to know the Wealden District Council did introduce ANPR in their car parks in Uckfield (Luxford Field & Regency Close) when the town centre was regenerated, in order to enforce the 3hr and 10 hrs maximum stay. Although I am not aware of any plans to roll-out the use of cameras to their other car parks.

      More: http://www.wealden.gov.uk/Wealden/Residents/Parking_Streets_and_Travel/Car_Parks/Assets_Car_Parking.aspx


  3. the problem i foresee is commuters starting again parking in residential roads blocking home owners from parking what they should be doing is building a mezzanine deck to crowborough station car park!!

    • Paul

      Whilst there are no parking restrictions (residents parking only / parking meters / time limits) some commuters will choose to park on residential streets rather than pay to park in the station car park. If the number of commuters continues to increase the authorities (councils, rail operator, Network Rail) will have to grasp the nettle and create extra car parking spaces. I agree the obvious solution would be a mezzanine deck like the one at Upper Warlingham.

      The other way forward would be to help create more well paid jobs in Crowborough so that people didn’t have to commute to London.


  4. Unfortunately Govia Thameslink are in blissful ignorance of the problems ANPR causes and in particular at CROWBOROUGH! No doubt they will say ANPR is great and works well (because that is what the operator tells them) but they seem oblivious to the number of complaints from upset customers who are getting erroneous penalty notices because of a poorly installed system!

    Govia should be ensuring that there is proper auditing of the system/management company to minimise errors and should be taking responsibility, on behalf of their customers, to find out why the system does not work, rather than passing the buck!

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