Page last updated: 4 August, 2021, 11:32am
Car parking and travel to work
End of free off-site parking (Purple COVID permits)
Throughout the pandemic partners across the city supported NHS staff by offering free parking for those with an off-site permit.
As we gradually begin to move out of lockdown and restrictions begin to ease, the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government have announced that free external parking for NHS staff will end on Monday 21 June 2021.
From Monday 21 June the majority of free spaces previously available, including all council car parks will revert to pre-pandemic tariffs and usual parking charges will apply.
Level one of the NUFC Stadium MSCP can also no longer be used.
All parking will be on a first come, first served basis and parking enforcement measures will also be reintroduced.
A limited number of spaces will remain available for free and full details of those car parks can be found below
We know this will cause some worry so some useful information on alternative travel and parking options can be found below.
Patient and Visitor Car Parks
Please do not park in patient and visitor parking areas on any of our hospital sites. It is important that spaces are available for those accessing our services to avoid clinic delays and cause unnecessary stress and anxiety to patients on arrival.
Please be aware that staff using patient and visitor car parks are likely to receive a Parking Charge Notice. Full details of the Trust Car Parking Policy can be found on the car parking pages of the intranet.
Staff Car Parks
Staff parking is limited and only available to those who apply for and meet the qualifying criteria for a Trust parking permit. Details of permit types, parking criteria and how to apply is available in the Trust Car Parking Policy (Staff) available on the intranet.
Travelling to work
Our hospital sites are easily accessible by public transport and there are a number of options to help staff travel all or part of their way to work using public transport. The Trust Travel Scheme also provides annual corporate discounted and interest free season tickets for all public transport providers.
Park and Ride
Park and Ride is a great way to shorten journey times and reduce parking and fuel costs by driving part of the way to work and finishing the journey with a short ride on public transport or by cycle. Full details of park and ride locations and onward travel options are available below.
Campus for Ageing and Vitality (CAV)
To Royal Victoria Infirmary
- Parking is available in the Green Zone at no cost. The Arriva Service 47 can then be used free of charge when displaying your staff ID
- Walking time is 26 minutes
- Why not put your bike in the car? It is a safe and sedate 8 minutes by bicycle. Information on safe cycle parking at work is available on the trust intranet.
To Freeman Hospital
- Parking is available in the Green Zone at no cost. The Arriva Service 47 can then be used free of charge when displaying your staff ID to Newcastle Haymarket. From there you can then board Arriva Service 52 also free of charge when displaying your staff ID
- Why not put your bike in the car? It is a safe 22 minutes by bicycle. Information on safe cycle parking at work is available on the intranet.
Four Lane Ends
The Arriva Service 52 can be used free of charge* when displaying your staff ID on boarding from Four Lane Ends to:
- First service 06:33 (every 30 minutes) and is 6 minutes to Freeman
- Last service 20:18 and is 6 minutes to Four Lane Ends
- Why not put your bike in the car? It is a safe and sedate 8 minutes by bicycle. Information on safe cycle parking at work is available here. A walk is only 20 minutes.
RVI via Haymarket
- First service 06:33 (every 30 minutes) and is 20 minutes to Haymarket
- Last service is 20:06and is 18 minutes to Four Lane Ends
*Note: the service is only free between Haymarket and Four Lane Ends with a valid staff ID badge and only if boarding at Haymarket, Freeman Hospital or Four Lane Ends.
Staff are required to have a valid travel pass or pay the fare for any use of this bus service outside of this free zone or if boarding at any other stops inside the free zone route.
The Arriva Service 553 can be used free of charge* if displaying your staff ID on boarding from Regent Centre to:
- First service 06:33 (every 30 minutes) and is 13 minutes to Freeman
- Last service 20:18 and is 10 minutes to Regent Centre
Royal Victoria Infirmary via Haymarket
- Staff may use any Arriva Bus Service for free* if displaying your staff ID on boarding from Regent Centre to Newcastle Haymarket
*Note: Arriva Service553 is only free between Regent Centre and Benfield Road Hospital with a valid staff ID badge and only if boarding at Regent Centre, Freeman Hospital and Benfield Road Hospital or if boarding at any other stops inside the free zone route.
The use of any Arriva Service from Regent Centre to Haymarket applies if boarding at Regent Centre, Haymarket or Barras Bridge.
Staff are required to have a valid travel pass or pay the fare for any use of this bus service outside of this free zone.
Tyne and Wear Metro Park and Ride Stations
£1.20 per day or complete an application form for a Nexus Car Park Permit which is £16 per month.
An annual Metro Pop Card with all zones access is £52.50 per month through the Travel Scheme so combined with a parking pass is £68.50 per month
A number of other car parks not covered by the Nexus Parking permit are also available. Full details can be found here.
When using public transport please make sure you wear a suitable face covering at all times and sanitise hands when boarding and alighting the service. Please also follow all current social distancing guidelines.
All public transport providers continue to provide increased cleaning regimes.
Free Travel on selected Arriva Bus services
Free travel is available on some Arriva bus services for staff who display their staff ID on a number of routes. Please be aware that free travel is only available if boarding at specific points and any onward travel outside of the free travel zone or boarding at alternative points is chargeable or a travel pass will be required.
Arriva Service 47 (CAV to Haymarket)
The Arriva 47 bus can be used free of charge when showing your Trust pass. The service runs from CAV to Haymarket, via the RVI, every 30 minutes with the first bus leaving CAV at 5.57am. There are some 15 minute frequency services in the morning.
Onward travel to the Freeman – Arriva Service 52
For onwards travel to the Freeman Hospital you can get off at the RVI and use the staff hopper or continue to Haymarket and use Arriva Service 52 to the Freeman Hospital free of charge when displaying your staff ID.
Onward travel to Regent Point
For onwards travel to Regent Point change onto any of the Arriva services (there are 31 per hour) that leave from Haymarket and head north to Regent Centre at no additional cost.
Arriva Service 553 (Wallsend to Freeman Hospital and Regent Centre)
The Arriva Service 553 bus can be used free of charge when showing your Trust ID badge. The service runs from Wallsend to Regent Centre, via the Benfield Road and Freeman Hospital. The service can only be used for free between Benfield Park Hospital and Regent Centre and only if boarding at Benfield, Freeman Hospital or Regent Centre.
Trust Travel Scheme
The Trust Travel Scheme has been set up to help staff to buy annual season tickets for travel on public transport. The Trust purchases an annual travel pass, with corporate discount on behalf of the applicant. The cost of the pass is then deducted in 12 affordable monthly instalments from salary through payroll deduction.
Full details of how to apply for a travel pass can be found here.
Cycling to work
There are a number of benefits to cycling to work and personal mental wellbeing, the wider health benefits and cost saving benefits, it’s also better for the environment.
If you choose to cycle bike parking is available across the trust and full details about how to access cycle parking on the Trust intranet pages.
You can also find out more about the North East’s cycle network here.
Trust Parking Permits
Parking arrangements for those with onsite Trust parking permits remain unaffected at this time.
It is important that staff park only in their designated car parks, and only within the parameters of their parking permit. If there is any uncertainty around where and when parking is allowed please refer to the letter issued with your permit or email email@example.com for more information.
Please note -You can only park onsite if you have a valid Trust parking permit. Full details are available in the Trust Car Parking Policy (Staff) on the intranet.