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Revised Car Parking Charges

11 August 2017

David Evans, Associate Director of Estates and Facilities at Wrightington Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We will be increasing our parking charges for the public from 11 August 2017. This will be the first change in public parking charges since 2015 and the Trust Board has agreed that car parking charges should be increased by an average of 10%. This reflects the current costs and the principle that car parking should not be subsidised at the expense of patient services.

“The revised charging arrangements are as follows:

Stay Hours

Current Tariff

New Tariff

0 to 30 minutes drop off

Free

Free

0 to 1 at Wrightington and TLC only due to service need for shorter stay period, eg blood tests etc.

£1.50

£1.70

1 to 2

£2.50

£2.70

2 to 4

£4.50

£5.00

4 to 24

£6.00

£6.50

“These charges have been compared and they are similar to other local NHS Trusts.

“Over the past few years, the Trust has invested more than £2.5m in additional car parking facilities and improvements at all of its sites. Two of the Trusts sites now have “pay on exit” barrier controls which meet with guidance from the Department of Health. The Trust is still investing in further improvements to car parking with new pay and display machines on order and a further 76 visitor spaces, which includes 13 disabled spaces, being created this year at Wigan Infirmary on the site of the former Pathology Laboratory with direct access into the main hospital street. Further improvements are also being planned for the Wrightington site.

“Feedback from patients and visitors suggests that parking on the site is now much better than it was in the past. Despite all of these improvements to date we are continually looking at further opportunities to improve parking and accessibility.

“We are one of the few Trusts that allow visitors to park for free for 30 minutes to allow easy drop off and pick up. We have also reviewed car parking concessions to ensure compliance with the latest guidance and a new weekly parking pass will be made available at a discounted rate.

“The revised pricing is aiming to be as fair and equitable as possible for all car park users. Money raised from parking is used to cover the cost of provision of new parking facilities and the running costs of maintenance, security staff, lighting, business rates and security cameras, to ensure our car parks are safe for all our patients, staff and visitors.”

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