Hospital staff to pay for parking

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PARKING charges of up to £20 a month are being brought in for staff working at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULHT) has revealed it is introducing a charging scheme for staff car parking as part of a new transport plan.

Under the new plans, hospital staff at the Pilgrim will be charged between £3.83-£20 a month based on pay, role and full or part-time work.

A spokesman for the trust said: “In line with national requirements, all large organisations have to implement a travel plan to reduce the impact of traffic on the local community and environment.

“As part of our travel plan we provide facilities for staff using their cars to get to work but are also encouraging alternative methods such as car sharing, cycling and introducing park and ride.”

The trust has 2,275 car parking spaces across three hospital sites it runs and is understood to be the only acute hospital trust in the country that does not currently charge.

The new charges are being rolled out at all sites, including at Grantham and District Hospital and Lincoln County Hospital.

The spokesman said the money collected from staff parking could be invested in patient care. They said another option could also be to reinvest in travel facilities including new lining and barriers on car parks, extra spaces, new travel schemes and CCTV.

Anyone who does not pay the charge could face a £60 fine.