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Car Park Charge Changes

UPDATE - Parking for Blue Badge holders remains free until further notice, whilst additional pay & display ticket machines are installed, after which the same charges will apply to all carpark users including Blue Badge holders.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has announced changes to public car parking charges, effective from 1 July 2017.

In line with government guidance, the current flat rate is being replaced with a sliding scale of charges, so that the amount charged reflects the time spent in the carpark. This new charging system is similar to other hospitals in the region, and will apply to both Royal Preston and Chorley and South Ribble Hospitals.  Concessions are available for a number of patient and carer groups, so that people who attend hospital frequently or have a long stay in hospital aren’t financially disadvantaged.

Charges are also being introduced for Blue Badge holders.  The aim of the national Blue Badge scheme is to support disabled drivers to park close to their destination.  Mobility benefits include a component for travel and transport, and disabled drivers in receipt of welfare benefits may be eligible to claim back the cost of hospital parking from the Healthcare Travel Cost Scheme. 

Carol Spencer, Strategy Director at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, “The cost of maintaining and managing our car parks rises every year, however the charges haven’t increased since 2012. 

“We appreciate that not everyone agrees that hospitals should charge for car parking, however we believe that the cost of providing safe and secure car parks should not be taken from budgets intended for patient care and treatment. 

“The money we recoup from the charges will be used to maintain and improve the car parks, including improved security and carpark management system.  The additional income will enable us to plan better facilities for the future.  Any surplus will be reinvested in patient care.”

 

Details of the new charges

Time

Current

From July 2017

Up to 30 minutes

FREE

FREE

Up to 1 hour

3.00

2.50

Up to 2 hours

3.00

3.50

Up to 4 hours

3.00

5.50

Up to 6 hours

3.00

6.00

Up to 8 hours

10.00

8.00

More than 8 hours

10.00

10.00

Within the region the majority of hospital trusts operate a sliding scale of charges so the amount people pay depends on how long they park. 

The same charges apply to both blue badge holders and other car park users at the majority of hospital trusts in the region

More information about Car parking can be found on our website.

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