Parking signs blunder sparks price rise fears

Parking charges have gone up at the Northern General
Parking charges have gone up at the Northern General

Patients have been assured parking charges will not be increased at a Sheffield hospital after signs appeared stating they had doubled.

Concerns were sparked after signs detailing new parking charges for staff and patients at Northern General Hospital were unveiled.

The signs stated that for more than four hours parking, prices had been hiked-up from £3.70 to £8.40 – an increase of 127 per cent.

Signs further said fees for between two and four hours had increased from £2.50 to £3.70 – 45 per cent – and gave prices for up to two hours, which is not an option available.

Patients contacted The Star to complain the increase was ‘disgusting’.

But today Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has spoken to reassure people there is no change in parking prices.

A spokesman for the trust said there had been an error on the new signs, which have now been corrected.

They said: “There was an error on some new signs put up at the Northern General Hospital yesterday, which suggested that car parking prices had increased.

“There is no increase in car parking charges at the Northern General for staff, patients or visitors and the signage contractors have apologised for the error.

“The inaccurate information has now been covered over and new signs will be installed as quickly as possible.”

Parking charges at Northern General remain at £2.50 for between two and four hours. The cost for more than four hours remains at £3.70.