Hospital car parking charges to rise

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Car parking charges will increase for patients and visitors to The James Cook University Hospital for the first time in three years – to help ease current parking pressures on the site.

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Board of Directors today (25 March) agreed to the increase, which will contribute towards the development of two new car parks on the Middlesbrough hospital site and building a dedicated link road.

The first phase of work – a new 326 space car park on land next to The Trinity Holistic Centre – begins this month and is scheduled to be completed by the summer.

Director of service strategy and infrastructure, Jill Moulton, said: “These developments will make a very significant change to the amount of car parking spaces available to staff and visitors and the new road will help to reduce the delays currently experienced in getting off the site at peak times – as well as taking pressure off Marton Road.

“The trust has not increased its charges since April 2011. However to pay for these developments the Board does accept that parking charges will have to go up and while that’s never a popular choice, it is necessary.”

The new fees at James Cook (shown against existing charges below) will be:

  • 0 – 15mins Free
  • 15mins – 2 hours £2.70 (£2.30)
  • 2 – 3 hours £3.50 (£3)
  • 3 – 4 hours £5.50 (£4.80)
  • 4 – 24 hours £5.70 (£5)

Charges will also increase at the Friarage Hospital in line with the Board’s decision, which will help to offset increased costs in operating, maintaining and securing car parks, and these will be:

Friarage

  • 0 – 2 hours £1.80 (£1.50)
  • 2 – 4 hours £2.90 (£2.50)
  • 4 – 24 hours £5.70 (£5)

The same visitor rates will also apply to blue badge holders – in line with neighbouring hospitals – although the trust will continue to actively promote its special concession tickets for regular visitors and patients (including disabled drivers), which offer significantly reduced rates and already have a high uptake.