Mobile parking payment provider PayByPhone and Bournemouth Borough Council offer tips on how to make parking hassle-free this Christmas

Bournemouth’s mobile parking payment provider, PayByPhone, today revealed that the company is processing more than 80,000 transactions per month in the area, and that 84% of users rely on the app to pay for their parking. With half a million people expected to visit Bournemouth town during the 6-week Christmas period, here are some valuable tips from Bournemouth Borough Council and PayByPhone on how to make the driving experience less of a hassle.

  • Winter Gardens is Bournemouth’s busiest parking location, particularly between the hours of 11 am and 1pm. Arriving in town early or waiting until later in the day will increase chances of finding the perfect parking spot.
  • Also close to the town centre but perhaps less known is the Berry Court car park on St Peter’s Road, which tends to have more availability during the busy times of day.
  • Free parking in selected Council-operated car parks will be offered all day Sunday and Thursdays after 4 pm, from 25 November until 23 December.  
  • Set out with time to spare in case unforeseen road closures or traffic jams occur on the way. 
  • Need to stay longer? The PayByPhone app allows users to extend their parking sessions from anywhere. Drivers who paid with a ticket can also start a new session with PayByPhone when their parking time expires. Just remember to make a note of the location number.
  • Remember to never leave pets or children in the car unattended. 

Gary Powell, Head of Highways and Transportation for Bournemouth Borough, says, “Our town centre offers wonderful attractions and great shopping during the Christmas season every year. December can be a hectic time for drivers, but the PayByPhone app helps make the parking experience so much less stressful. Each parking session can be started and extended in a matter of seconds, which means that users don’t need to carry cash or rush back to their cars to feed a meter. It’s nice to know that people can enjoy a relaxing day of Christmas shopping in Bournemouth without having to dash back and forth to their cars.”

Hannah Fuller, Operations Director for PayByPhone UK, says, “Cashless parking is becoming very popular with drivers in Bournemouth. We have registered 250,000 unique users in the area over the past year, and the uptake in drivers using the app to pay for their parking is phenomenal. My final parking tip for the Christmas season would be for people to download the PayByPhone app before they head into town. That way they are ready to make use of it as soon as they park in Bournemouth, or in any of the other 37 towns and cities across the UK where PayByPhone operates.”

PayByPhone is sponsoring the first-ever walkthrough bauble at this year’s Christmas Tree Wonderland from 16 November until 2 January. There will be a competition at the bauble with various prizes, including a weekend stay for two at the Beach Lodge. Representatives from PayByPhone will also be on hand at the Central Library and Westbourne Library on 18 December to assist anyone who needs help downloading or using the parking app. For more information, please visit


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