Hospital parking charge increase

Wigan Infirmary car park
Wigan Infirmary car park
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CAR parking charges at Wigan Infirmary will be increased and health chiefs say charges will now be in line with neighbouring trusts.

From August 1, short stay parking for vistiors at Wigan Infirmary will now cost £2 for two hours, rather than using the previous tariff of £1 for one hour.

Other changes mean it will now cost £4 to park between two and four hours and it will cost £5 for five hours or more.

Wrightington Wigan Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, which run all three hospital sites in the borough, say the charges will be increased for the first rise since 2009.

A spokesman for WWL said: “The trust has compared these new parking charges and they are similar to other local NHS trusts.

“Over the past few years, the trust invested over £1.5m in additional car parking facilities. Part of this investment led to staff parking moving to Wigan town centre to free up spaces at the hospital for patients and visitors.

“This resulted in an 80 per cent increase in patient and visitor parking spaces and also a 26 per cent increase for blue badge holders. Feedback from Wigan Infirmary users suggests parking on the site is now much better than it was in the past.

“Concessions remain in place for those patients and their main visitors who have to use the car parks frequently such as long-term patients or those who require frequent hospital visits for regular treatment for long-term conditions.”

“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 running costs of maintenance, security staff, lighting and security cameras to ensure our car parks are safe for all our patients, staff and visitors.”