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Parking charges rise at Friarage and James Cook hospitals

The Friarage Hospital Photo: ITV

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is increasing car parking charges at The James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital.

They say it's to allow for further improvements to be made to car parking facilities.

People staying for more than four hours at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough will have to pay £7 per day - up from £5.70.

Those parking for shorter durations will also pay more.

The South Tees NHS Trust, which runs the hospital, says it's to pay for improvements in parking facilities.

“The money raised from car parking charges supports the significant costs to run, maintain and secure our hospitals car parks and to meet costs in line with increased inflation. Anything we raise over and above that is reinvested back into the Trust for frontline services.

“Over the next two years we will invest an additional £600,000 on improving our car parking facilities and while it is never a popular choice to increase our charges, it is necessary.”

– Director of Estates, Procurement & ICT, Kevin Oxley

The new fees come into force on November 1.

New daily parking costs at The James Cook University Hospital:

  • 0-20 minutes Free
  • 20 minutes – 2 hours £3
  • 2 - 3 hours £4
  • 3 – 4 hours £6
  • 4 – 24 hours £7
  • Blue Badge Parking (24 hours) From 1 December 2017 £3

New daily parking costs at The Friarage Hospital:

  • 0-20 minutes Free
  • 20 minutes – 2 hours £2
  • 2 -4 hours £3.50
  • Up to 24 hours £4
  • Blue Badge Parking (24 hours)* To be implemented on completion of cancer development in 2018

The Trust says it already has a dedicated 1,100 space car park for staff at Prissick Base which, in turn, allows an additional 236 patient and visitor spaces closer to hospital buildings.