Car parking charges to go up at Bath's Royal United Hospital
The cost of parking at the Royal United Hospital is to go up for the first time in five years.
New charges will be brought in on October 1, affecting stays of longer than half an hour.
The first 20 minutes will still be free, and a 30-minute stay will still cost £1.
The cost of a two-hour visit will rise from £2.60 to £3, while parking for between two and four hours will cost £4 rather than £3.70.
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One charge - for up to 24 hours - will fall, from £6.30 (which had been for up to eight hours) to £6.
The cost of a five-day ticket shows the highest rise - from £10 to £15.
Director of estates and facilities Howard Jones said: “Car parking fees for the public have remained unchanged for at least five years, but during this time costs of parking in neighbouring hospitals and in the city of Bath have increased in line with rising costs.”
He said the prices would be fixed for at least three years.
Money raised from car parking fees is used to pay for surfacing, barriers, ticket machines, and lighting, with any surplus going into the hospital maintenance budget.
Disabled parking is free of charge, and parking for patients needing regular in-patient treatment for cancer is at the reduced price of £1 per day.
Mr Jones said: “We have tried to make the pricing structure slightly simpler and also want to ensure that the impact on those visiting seriously ill patients, who are likely to be here for extended periods of time, is not too great.
“We recognise that certain groups of visitors and patients require special consideration and we have discounts in place for these groups, which will remain.”