The Anonymous Widower

Parking Fees Rise At Many Hospitals In 2017-18, Analysis Finds

The title of this post is the same as that of this article on the BBC.

This is the first paragraph.

Four in 10 NHS hospitals in England have increased car parking prices in the last year, new data suggests.

I don’t drive, so it doesn’t effect me and the only hospitals I’ve visited in the last few years; Addenbrooke’s, Homerton, Royal London and University College have been easily accessible by public transport.

The real scandal is that so many hospitals are not easily accessible using fully-accessible public transport.

  • Addenbrooke’s has a large bus interchange, which has connections to Cambridge City Centre and at least one of the City’s large Park-and-Ride sites.
  • Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre has a tram connection to the large Park-and-Ride sites.

But I can think of several hospitals, where the only public transport is an expensive taxi.

I also remember a hospital administrator in London telling me, that the largest number of complaints they received was about car parking.

 

December 28, 2018 - Posted by | Health, Transport | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Views vary on this. No-one would expect not to pay at a hospital in central London or Manchester (e.g. MRI) where they have paid millions to erect multi storey car parks there are also plenty of buses. The situation is rather different at more remote hospitals, sometimes even built as isolation hospitals where there is plenty of surface parking and precious few buses. In some case the fees displace staff, patient and visitor parking into the [unrestricted] surrounding area leading to the creation of residents” parking zones, whose main purpose seems to be to force visitors to park in the hospital’s paid car park.

    Comment by Mark Clayton | December 28, 2018 | Reply

  2. Take Liverpool’s massive new hospital. There have been plans for a station at the University for years, that could also have served the hospital.

    But it has not been built. Especially, as it’s a stiff walk up the hill.

    Comment by AnonW | December 29, 2018 | Reply


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