Lincolnshire hospital staff to pay for parking

Pilgrim Hospital
Image caption Staff at Boston's Pilgrim Hospital are among those facing the new charges

Hospital staff in Lincolnshire are to be charged to park at work for the first time.

From next month, workers at centres in Lincoln, Boston, Grantham and Louth will be asked to pay between £3.83 and £20 per month depending on their job.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said it was making the change to comply with a legal commitment to cut its carbon footprint.

It said it would also be introducing cycle-to-work and car-share schemes.

The trust said the new travel plan had been formulated after a two-month consultation with staff last year.

Carbon commitment

It will be applied at Lincoln County Hospital, Boston Pilgrim Hospital, Grantham District Hospital and County Hospital in Louth.

Mike Speakman, director of facilities management, said: "ULHT is understood to be the only acute hospital trust in the county that does not charge staff for car parking and money the trust is using to cover these costs could be invested in patient care.

"There are legally-binding commitments in the UK for the reduction of carbon emissions which require all public sector organisations to make changes.

"Transport emissions make up a significant share of our carbon emissions and we are all keen to find ways to reduce our carbon footprint."

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