People will be able to use a new app that will allow them to pre-book parking spaces for Watford FC matches.

Leading car park operator CitiPark launched the app on Android and iOS - and will work in any of their car parks across the country. In Watford, it allows customers to pre-book and pay for parking at Church, Gade and Sutton car parks.

It means people travelling by car to see the Hornets play should have an easier time booking a parking space.

Pete Dowling, head of car park systems and infrastructure at CitiPark, said: “We’re confident the benefits of this feature will be particularly felt on busy days, such as Watford FC football match days.

“We know our customers value quick and seamless service and Mobile Pay is key to delivering that.”

Mobile Pay allows customers who have taken a short-term ticket on entering the car park to scan their ticket or enter their vehicle registration number and pay their incurred fee through the app.

It is designed to make the payment process smoother – and also features a pre-booking system that allows customers to adjust their parking session.

Customers will be able to pre-book a space at a car park for any amount of time and duration, whilst also being able to adjust their arrival time and length of stay.

On arrival at the chosen car park, the barriers will automatically lift for the driver using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology.

CitiPark has said this launch marks the first phase of the app, with a view of integrating digital season tickets and a ‘pay-as-you-go’ feature later this year.

Ben Ziff, manging director of CitiPark, said: “We have worked hard developing this intuitive application in-house and, following extensive research and user testing, we’re thrilled to finally introduce it to the wider community.

“The CitiPark app significantly enhances the relationship between our consumers and our brand, allowing us to deliver first-class customer service outside the physical parking environment.

“Our customer experience is of the utmost importance to us, so we have designed an app that offers them a range of new parking choices, making their overall experience smoother, quicker and hassle-free.

“The CitiPark app is yet another significant milestone in our ambition to become one of the most technologically advanced, eco-friendly operators in the industry.”