Fazakerley Hospital's first parking rise since 2005
One of Merseyside's largest hospitals is increasing parking fees for the first time in six years.
The flat rate fee of £2 is being scrapped at University Hospital Aintree in Fazakerley.
The hospital will introduce a new sliding scale up to £5 from 1 October for more than three and a half hours.
Concessionary parking will be extended for cancer patients and other long-term conditions, with a possibility of free or reduced rate parking.
The hospital said the decision follows a review of charges at other hospitals in the region and estimates that 60% of visitors will pay the same fees.
There will also be 30 minutes free parking for drop off and collections.
And staff will have a new pricing structure with discounts for lower paid workers.
They will also get a reduction if they use car parks further away from the main hospital, helping free up more spaces for patients and visitors.