Broken Worthing car parking machines leave motorists stranded

Residents queue to try and get out of the Liverpool Road car park in Worthing SUS-150722-152950001
Residents queue to try and get out of the Liverpool Road car park in Worthing SUS-150722-152950001

Dozens of furious Worthing motorists have been left stranded this afternoon (July 22) after ticket machines in one of the town’s busiest car parks stopped working.

The ticket machines in the Liverpool Road car park, behind TK Maxx, have stopped working - leaving many either stranded in the car park, or facing the risk of a £90 fine if they leave.

Residents queue to try and get out of the Liverpool Road car park in Worthing SUS-150722-152939001

Residents queue to try and get out of the Liverpool Road car park in Worthing SUS-150722-152939001

A spokesman for CP Plus, the company which operates the car park, said they were not aware of the issue but thanked the Herald for notifying them about it and said they would look into the problem immediately.

Some people have been able use a credit card to pay for their parking, however neither of the two machines are accepting coins. More than 40 people were queuing at the machines at 3pm.

One mother said she had to collect her children from school, but was stuck in the car park.

Worthing resident Mick Stent said he was furious.

“I’ve been here for nearly an hour now,” said Mr Stent.

“Only one machine is taking cards. You face a £90 fine if you drive out the car park.

“Some people have had to leave to collect their children from school, so will now get a fine.

“And people haven’t been able to get through to the contact number.”

Brian McCullough said he was unable to get through on the contact number printed on his car parking ticket.

“I’ve been here around ten minutes, but the queue is not moving.”

He said as people were waiting to pay for their parking and exit the car park, it was costing them more money.

He added: “The phone number is a London number - they’re not going to care.

“The council say it’s nothing to do with them, it’s a private car park.”

Stephen Garment added: “Some people may have only paid 50p for their parking, but now that is going to go up. The machines are just frozen.”

At 5pm, one machine is accepting payment by debit and credit cards only and there is still a lengthy queue.

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