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