10 April 2017 – parking charges to increase
Car parking charges are increasing at Airedale Hospital from Tuesday 18 April.
Parking charges have remained static following the last increase in 2007. The Trust recently carried out a benchmarking exercise with other hospitals across West Yorkshire, and is increasing its charges to bring it into line with neighbouring trusts.
A new barrier car park scheme has also recently been introduced at the Trust and will go live on Tuesday 18 April. The barrier car parks for patients are at P1 (the public car park near outpatients) and P3 (the old West car park).
“I understand that increasing parking charges is never a popular message. We have managed to hold prices for 10 years but must now increase them.” explains David Moss, assistant director of estates and facilities. “The revenue from car parking is reinvested in patient services, resurfacing and maintaining the car park estate, and in upgrading our CCTV and security, making parking safer for patients, visitors and staff.
“We know that parking is a perennial issue at Airedale, and we have recently installed a new barrier-controlled car park system, to make it easier for our patients and visitors to park closer to the hospital. These car parks are pay-on-exit which means that patients and visitors don’t have to worry about going back to their car to top up their parking, or paying a higher charge because they’re not sure how long they’ll be. The new payment machines take card payments, as well as the new £1 coins and £5 notes.
“We are increasing the number of parking spaces on site between 50 and 100 over the coming year, and we are also working with Transdev to look at increasing the frequency of buses to the hospital site.”
The new charges are:
Up to 20 minutes – free
Up to 2 hours – £3
2 – 4 hours – £5
Up to 24 hours – £8
Blue badge holders will continue to park for free, and all the spaces outside Outpatients will be for blue badge holders only, to make it easier to find accessible parking places.
Concessionary permits will continue to be available for visitors to patients who are likely to be in hospital longer than a week. Patients undergoing treatment for cancer or attending the Richardson clinic are also entitled to reduced rate permits, and visitors to the intensive care unit and the neonatal unit are entitled to exemption permits. Full details of all concessions are available on the Trust website www.airedale-trust.nhs.uk/contact-us/parking/.