No, it is not an April fool joke.
Greenwich Council really have increased parking charges at the Old Dover Road car park from 10p for 15 minutes or 20p for half an hour – which many people found long enough to pop into the shops, now that the free bays are taken up by commuters – to 80p an hour. Indeed 10p coins are now useless. The machines will no longer accept legal tender 5p and 10p coins. Users must insert four 20p coins to get a permit for up to an hour. Few people have as many as four 20p coins, so some frustrated shoppers feel they have no option but to inserting a £1 coin instead (no change is given) even when popping into the shops for a few items.
Although the notice conceals the fact, it is actually possible to pay for units of 15 minutes for less than an hour, not just increments beyond an hour. This can be done by inserting one or more 20p coins and pressing the green button. A mere doubling of the fee.
However, commuters will not share the pain. There has been no increase in the cost of an annual season ticket.