Horrified by the cost of parking in London?

by mfefadmin on June 23, 2009

Drivers visiting London can save themselves money and stress by using the new Free to Park texting service.

Free to park is an SMS text based service, which allows the user to find totally free parking within walking distance of London tube stations. You text the word “parking” plus the name of a tube station to 80039 and by return, you receive a text giving you the names of 3 roads with the postcode for each road. The roads are all within an approximate 5 minute walk of the station, some slightly further, but all within a 10 minute distance. The service only covers the stations outside the congestion charging zone, and at this point our service doesn’t extend to include the Dockland Light Railway line.

Not every station has free parking close by, so the Free to Park database will automatically redirect you to the next closest station on the same tube line that has free parking in the vicinity of the station. The text you receive will give you 3 road names as before. Your phone is charged £1.50 (plus your regular network charge) for the text supplying 3 locations of free parking, with no worry about overrunning parking meter payments or paying the £8 congestion charge.

The roads database is also randomised, so if 10 people all request parking near the same station they won’t all receive the same 3 roads. By doing this we can spread the free to park users through the whole area, allowing them better possibilities of find a space.

For full information visit http://www.freetopark.co.uk

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