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Hospital chiefs propose car park hike

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Parking charges at Calderdale Royal Hospital could increase from January 2013.

Members of the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust’s membership council approved the proposals at their meeting on Wednesday and agreed to send them to the trust’s board for final approval.

The cost increases at the Halifax hospital, and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, would be the first imposed since 2005.

A report to the membership council proposed increasing the cost for two hours from £1.50 to £2 and for four hours from £2.50 to £3.70. The charge for 24 hour parking will remain at £5 and the free period - at both CRH and HRI - will increase from 30 minutes to 45 minutes.

Gary Ashton, general manager of estates and facilities at the trust, compiled the report which examined the impact of “increased running costs” associated with the income from parking.

It said since 2005 the trust has increased its cross-site shuttle bus service, uprgraded its CCTV with more planned, introduced a manned system of ticket validation.

Income from car parks also helps pay for barrier maintenance, buying permits and passes, signs and management fees.

The report also added work was underway into the possibility of providing extra on-site car parking at Calderdale Royal Hospital and freeing up more spaces for patient and visitor car parks at both HRI and CRH.

How it compares to other trusts:

Bradford Royal Infirmary:

Up to two hours:

£2

Up to four hours:

£3.70

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals:

Up to two hours:

£2.50

Up to four hours:

£3.70

Barnsley District General hospital:

Up to two hours:

£2.50

Up to four hours:

£3

Sheffield Hallam/ Northern General

Up to two hours:

£2.60

Up to four hours

£3.70

 

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