Hospital bosses in St Helens have DOUBLED their car parking charges, it has been revealed.
Motorists will now pay £3 for a three hour stay in St Helens or Whiston hospital car parks. The hospital will charge £6 for a six hour stay.
A hospital spokeswoman said the price hike had been made to introduce a consistent rate across both the St Helens and Whiston site.
She added: “The trust aims to keep car parking charges to a minimum, with fees that are among the lowest in the region.
“Charges have remained static since 2006 and these are compared against other local hospital charges on an annual basis.
“The parking charges are now consistent across both hospital sites, including those for disabled drivers.
“The new tariff includes 20 minutes free and parking for £1 an hour with a significantly reduced day rate. Also a greater number of concession charges are now also available, including a weekly pass which can be shared between family members to reduce costs.
“The trust makes no profit from the revenue of the car parks.
“All income generated is reinvested in facilities.
“This includes security costs, maintenance fees and estate payments.”