COVID-19 hospital parking charges during pandemic: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Information requested

To ask how much the Minister agreed to pay towards NHS Lothian parking so that it was free in COVID 19 CRISIS situation?

To ask what the initial time of free parking was?

To ask if this was extended?

To ask the cost of the extended time?


On 30 March 2020, the car park provider at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary agreed to remove car parking charges for staff, visitors and patients. This was initially for three months, however, the Scottish Government have since reached an agreement with the car park provider to extend the free car parking arrangements.

It is expected that this will continue under the current administration and a long term solution for the parking situation is currently being investigated. Future policy in relation to car parking will be a matter for the next Government.

The total cost from April 2020 - March 2021 to remove car parking charges across all three PFI hospital car park providers at Ninewells Hospital, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Edinburgh Royal Infirmary was £5.596 million.

While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because of exemptions under sections s.33(1)(b) (commercial interests). The reasons why these exemptions apply are explained in the Annex to this letter.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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