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Darent Valley Hospital axes massive hike in parking charges

PUBLISHED: 10:45 03 March 2015 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2015

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Prices were set to rise to £15 for a 24-hour stay

PATIENTS and visitors at Darent Valley Hospital have been granted a reprieve after signs warning of dramatic increases in parking charges were removed.

Prices had apparently been set to rise this month from £1 to £1.50 for a one-hour stay, £2 to £2.50 for between one and two hours and £5 to anywhere between £6 and £15 for stays of four to 24 hours.

However, the signs disappeared on Friday.

The trust warned that there would still be an increase but said it was “under review”.

Some 107 new spaces have been provided in the car park by VINCI Park, the private company which runs the car park, to cope with an increase in patients.

The trust says the company needs to increase charges to cover the cost of providing these extra spaces, which it described as an “absolute priority”.

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