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New parking charges at West Herts NHS Trust car parks

posted 27 Jul 2013, 12:41 by Unknown user
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust has announced new patient and visitor car parking charges and the future arrangements for the bus service which runs between its three hospital sites.

Following the outcome of a consultation earlier this year, which asked patients, staff and local people for their views on the best way to manage future transport and car parking arrangements, West Herts NHS Trust have revised their car parking pricing structure.

The changes appear to be as follows:

Previous Charges
until 31 Jul 2013
 £New Charges
from 01 Aug 2013
   Up to 30 mins
(designated bays)
   Up to 1 hr £2.00
   1-2 hours £4.00
 Up to 3 hours £4.00 2-3 hours £6.00
   3-4 hours £7.50
 Up to 5 hours  £6.00 4-6 hours £12.00
 All day £12.00 6-24 hours £15.00
Concession / Season Concession / Season 
 Day Pass £4.00   
 Week Pass £8.00 Week Pass £20.00
 Month Pass £24.00  

After previous bad publicity it seems the hospital has learnt it's lesson and there will be no charge for Blue Badge holders and there will continue to be dedicated priority spaces for disabled patients and visitors.  The range of car parking discounts for regular or long term users of the car parks seems to have been reduced to a single weekly pass although further information on these concessions should be available at the hospital sites.

The intersite transport service, predominantly for staff, will continue to run directly between the Watford, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans hospital sites and passengers will be charged £2.00 per journey.  Priority will be given to staff travelling between sites, as this is not a public bus service. The timetable for the intersite bus service, which is available at bus stops on the hospital site and on our website, will be regularly reviewed and amended as appropriate in the light of demand.  

Passengers will be able to buy tickets to use for journeys on the intersite bus from the car parking pay and display machines on all sites. Staff that travel between sites as part of their job during their working day will be able to claim back their travel costs in the normal way. Patients who are entitled to reimbursements of their fare should contact the Trust’s Patient Affairs department.

The Watford Observer has an interesting editorial article on the new parking charges. It seems the consultation exercise has done little to modify the parking charges, and other than for very short stays, the charges have gone up. Ultimately there's a certain number of spaces available at each hospitial and pricing can help manage that demand, but maybe at the expense of the wellbeing of patients whose friends and relatives may be priced out of visiting people in the hospital. 

If you have any comments about the new charges, you should contact the Trust and let them know.
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