Car parking costs see first increase in six years at local hospitals

PCH car park

Published 29.06.2022

The Trust that runs Peterborough City and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals is to set new rates for patient and visitor parking at the two sites from Friday 1 July 2022.

Public parking has previously been charged at different hourly rates for the two sites, but will now be aligned. The alignment represents an increase in charges, but it is the first time since 2014 that the cost of parking at Hinchingbrooke has been increased. Parking charges at Peterborough City Hospital were last increased in 2016.

The change to the parking charges has been agreed as part of the Trust’s Covid-19 recovery plans, which includes the resumption of income streams that support patient care and experience.

In making these changes, the Trust has compared the cost of parking at other local NHS organisations and public car parks in the areas around its hospital sites, to ensure charges are in line with these rates.

Caroline Walker, Chief Executive Officer at North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “In re-setting our charges, we have opted to retain free parking for Blue Badge holders, for patients receiving cancer treatment and our Trust staff members. The first 30 minutes for patients and visitors is also free and all previous concessionary rates for parking remain in place to continue to support our longer-term patients. 

“Increasing charges is not an easy decision to make, however we are committed to ensuring our car parks are accessible and well maintained. In the last 12 months, we have added extra spaces to our patient and visitor car parks at both Peterborough City and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals to ensure more people can park more easily, particularly at peak times.”

Further information:

New parking costs

  • 30 mins                       free
  • 30 mins to 1 hour      £3
  • 2 hours                        £4
  • 3 hours                        £5
  • 4 hours                        £6
  • 5 hours                        £7
  • 6 hours                        £8
  • 7 hours                        £9
  • 8 hours                        £10
  • 12 hours                      £11
  • 24 hours                      £12


A concessionary rate of £2.60 per day applies for:

  • Patients whose appointment time exceeds four hours due to a long wait in clinic.
  • Parents of a child or young person under 18 (between the hours of 8am and 7pm) or a birthing partner (anytime).
  • The main visitor or carer to a critically ill or terminally ill patient on a daily basis (one vehicle only).
  • A relative visiting a patient on a daily basis for a prolonged period of time (exceeding 7 days.
  • The main carer of a patient in the hospital.
  • You can download our concessionary parking application form here.


There is no parking charge for:

  • A patient with a long-term illness or serious condition needing regular treatment, such as chemotherapy, blood transfusions, acupuncture and some other specialised treatments
  • Visitors to the Bereavement Centre or Chaplaincy Services
  • Parents of a child in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit or Special Care Baby Unit
  • Blue Badge holders
  • Parents of a child or young person under 18yovernight (between the hours of 7.30pm and 8am)


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