It's all change over Cambridge's car parks as they will finally be a lot easier for motorists to use.
Over the next five weeks Cambridge City Council is installing a contactless payment system like the one already in the Grand Arcade across its other car parks.
Parking fees are not getting cheaper but at least it will be quicker to pay.
Work on changing the way drivers pay was carried out at the Grafton West car park this week – which has seen large queues to pay at the ageing and often out-of-order machines.
Now drivers can just Tap and Go at the car park.
A city council spokesman said: "We are currently installing new operating equipment and payment facilities across our multi-storey car parks over the next five weeks to match that currently installed in the Grand Arcade car park.
"The majority of the works will take place whilst the car parks are open to the public to avoid any inconvenience.
"Only one other essential closure is programmed at Queen Anne Terrace car park, overnight on Monday, April 23.
"The car park will close from 8pm through to 6am on Tuesday 24 April 2018. Customers already in the car park will be able to exit. Grafton East and Park Street car parks will remain open during the installation work.
New payment methods
Youll soon be able to use your contactless credit or debit card or mobile phone with Apple Pay to tap in and out of the car parks so there will be no need to queue, or alternatively take a paper ticket at entry and continue to make payment at one of our machines, via a contactless method.
Tap and Go
Customers will be able to enter and exit the car park using a contactless credit or debit card, or their mobile phones, or by using Apple Pay, without queuing at a payment machine (airport style and as used on the London Underground)
Customers drive in, tap their card or phone on the contactless reader on the entry column which will allow them to enter the car park without a ticket.
Then when they are ready to leave, drive to the exit and again tap their card or phone or insert their credit or debit card. The correct fee will be calculated and payment taken automatically. Receipts can be obtained in the normal way.
Customers who take a paper ticket at entry will be able to pay at a payment machine using a contactless credit or debit card, or their mobile phones, using Apple Pay.
Tap and Go and Contactless payment are now available at Grafton West Car Park.
The council spokesman added: "Were also introducing changes for Blue Badge holders.
"Youll soon need to scan your badge at a pay station to claim free parking. This function is already in place at Grand Arcade car park.
"All the changes will be clearly communicated to customers at the car parks and we will provide an update to confirm when the new payment facilities are available."
But a new levy will see parking fees increase by 50p an hour between 8am – 10am, on weekdays.
The cost of parking already varies at the council's car parks. The cheapest rates apply on Monday and Tuesdays, while the most expensive are on Saturdays.
Here's a breakdown of the least and most expensive places to park in the city.
The Grafton Centre
Parking at The Grafton Centre can be a nifty alternative to parking in the very centre of town. If you park here you can always hot foot it over to the centre of town, which is about a 15 minutes' walk away.
With the introduction of the new charges it will be cheapest to park at The Grafton Centre on Monday or Tuesday mornings after 10am. This will cost just £2 for an hour's worth of parking compared to £2.50 with the levy.
With the new tariff it will be more expensive to park at The Grafton Centre on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday between the hours of 8am -10am at £2.90 an hour than a Saturday morning which will cost £2.60.
For more than six hours of parking, the Grafton Centre will charge £24.
The Grand Arcade is arguably the most sought-after car park in the city, as its central location means you can wander around the town without ever having to stray too far from your wheels.
It's perfect for all those bag-laden shopping sprees.
Like the Grafton Centre, it works out cheaper to visit the Grand Arcade once the levy has been lifted at 10am.
The cost of parking at the Grand Arcade between 8am-10am will now be 40p cheaper on Saturdays at £2.60 than during the week at £2.90.
For more than six hours of parking, the Grand Arcade will charge £25.
Park Street car park is popular with diners and foodies given its location near Bridge Street and plenty of Cambridge restaurants.
And while it is cheaper to park here than at either the Grand Arcade or Grafton Centre, the new charges will mean it is 30p more expensive to park during peak time (8-10am), than at the weekend.
As a whole, Park Street is a more cost effective car park costing around 80p less an hour than the most expensive car park, The Grand Arcade.
For more than six hours of parking, Park Street will charge £24.
Queen Anne Car Park
The Queen Anne car park may be well hidden, but it's certainly worth the short walk to the city centre.
It is the cheapest of all the above car parks costing between £1.70-£2.00 an hour even with the weekday charge.
Where other car parks will charge between £24-£25 for more than six hours of parking, the Queen Anne Car Park will only run you £13.30, which is a whopping £11 less than the Grafton Centre.
Cheaper car parks
For parking in Cambridge which won't break the bank, check out our guide to cheap parking in the city here.
The locations might not be as ideal, but you won't feel the pinch on your purse strings quite as much.
Least and most expensive parking spots in the city
The Grand Arcade Car Park is the most expensive costing £25 for six hours. It will be at it's cheapest on Monday and Tuesday mornings after 10am when the levvy is lifted or in the evening after 5pm.
The Grafton Centre comes in at a close second costing £24 for a day out in town. Like the Grand Arcade it is at it's cheapest on Monday and Tuesday.
Park Street is one of the cheaper options hour by hour, although still racks up £24 for the day. As a whole Park Street is around 80p cheaper than the Grand Arcade.
Queen Street is the cheapest car park, totalling just £2 with the weekday charge, which is cheaper than the original price of other car parks.
Monday and Tuesday are the cheapest days to park in the city or any day after 5pm, which works out brilliantly for late night shopping, evening cinema trips and going for dinner but not for much else.
Queen Anne is the cheapest car park in the city while the Grand Arcade is the most expensive.
The congestion charge will add around £1 per day to the average shopper's parking bill.