07 March 2017

A charge is being introduced for Nottingham City Council’s Medilink service.

The award winning service links Queen's Medical Centre and City Hospital with the park and ride sites at Wilkinson Street and Queen's Drive. It had been at risk due to pressures on council budgets.

But Nottinghamshire County Council has decided to save the service but introduce a £1 charge for passengers if using pre-paid Robin Hood tickets, or £1.20 if paying in cash for each journey. The Trust has agreed to continue investing in and supporting the service and staff will continue to travel for free on the service. The charges will come into effect from Monday 13th March.

Details of the charges can be found here

Peter Homa, Chief Executive at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "The Medilink service is popular with both the public and staff, reducing the traffic on the city's busy roads and congestion at our hospitals. The £1 fee for non-staff, if using pre-paid Robin Hood tickets or £1.20, if paying in cash for each journey, remains cheaper than other bus services and parking at our hospitals for patients and visitors and is necessary in the present financial climate. It also covers the costs of the park and ride sites which are used by Medilink passengers. The service remains free to any city resident concessionary fares and prepaid Robin Hood season pass holders.

"The Trust will continue to invest in and support the service and welcomes the decision to continue the free Medilink service for our staff, thousands of whom rely on the service to get to and from work, reducing the pressure on our crowded car parks across QMC and City Hospitals, a problem which could significantly worsen if charges were applied.

"The Medilink is an invaluable service that benefits not only the Trust but the wider city and our joint sustainability goals."

Find out more about the Medilink and other ways of travelling to our sites.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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