A new hourly parking rate is being introduced at Royal Surrey County Hospital in response to feedback from patients and visitors.
Weekly parking passes for cancer patients and Blue Badge holders will also be reduced by a third as part of changes to parking tariffs.
It is part of a new travel plan being rolled out by the Trust which includes potentially leasing additional parking spaces for staff in neighbouring businesses, subsidising public transport for staff giving up parking permits and investment in new cycle facilities.
Ross Dunworth, the Trust’s Director of Finance and lead for Estates, said: “We know parking is probably the biggest frustration for our patients, visitors and staff. Action has to be taken to try to minimise distress and disruption to patients and visitors coming for treatment and care.
“We hope that increasing provision and choice will make commuting for colleagues easier, while adhering to our commitments as part of the new Travel Plan, which we hope will provide additional spaces for patients and visitors.
“These initiatives will not immediately solve the issue but the Trust will continue to look at other options and work with staff representatives.”
Plans for a new train station adjacent to the hospital are also being developed. It could open by 2024.
The hourly parking charge is being reintroduced in response to feedback from the public. It is part of changes to the parking tariff at the hospital, the first since 2017.
The new charges come into force from 1 July, 2019. They are:
Up to 1 hour – £3.40
Up to 2 hours – £4.50
Up to 3 hours – £5.00
Up to 4 hours – £5.50
Up to 6 hours – £6.50
Up to 24 hours/Daily Rate – £9.50
Weekly – £20.50
Oncology / Blue badge holders – £4.00 (per day)
Oncology / Blue badge holders weekly – £10.00
For more information visit https://www.royalsurrey.nhs.uk/patients/getting-here/