Parking charges to rise 16% at Hertfordshire hospitals

THE cost of parking at the QE2 and two other hospitals is set to rocket by up to a whopping 16 per cent.

From Monday, April 4, people using the car park at the WGC hospital will pay �2.90 for up to two hours – an increase from �2.50.

The cost for two to five hours parking will be �4.60 – a 15 per cent rise on the current �4 rate – while five to 24 hours parking will become �6.80 – more than 13 per cent higher than the �6 it costs now.

The inflation-busting hikes will also come into effect at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage and Hertford County Hospital.

Waiting for up to 15 minutes in drop-off zones will remain free, while there will be no rise in the cost of weekly, monthly or quarterly season tickets.

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Nick Carver, chief executive of the East and North Herts NHS Trust, defended the price hikes, saying it was the first time they had risen for three years.

For more from Mr Carver on the issue see today’s Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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