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Union 'horrified' as hospitals focus on parking controls

Neil Smith

South Cumbria journalist, BBC Cumbria

A healthcare union says it is "absolutely horrified" at the possibility of new systems to control parking being installed at the hospital car parks in Barrow, Kendal and Lancaster.

Unite says enforcing parking charges by using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras would be a "tax on the ill" that would penalise staff and lead to more overspill parking in residential areas.

Lancaster hosptal car park

The Morecambe Bay trust says it is considering building a multi-storey car park at Lancaster, where the infirmary serves a wide area of south Cumbria, and putting an extra level on the car park at the Furness General in Barrow, and better control of parking income would help pay for this.

But the trade union Unite says the changes would leave staff, patients and visitors more out of pocket, and the fear of getting a ticket would drive people to park in the nearby streets.

Severe disruption: M6 Lancashire southbound

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M6 Lancashire southbound severe disruption, between J30 for and J29 for M65 J1.

M6 Lancashire - Queues on M6 southbound between J30, M61 interchange and J29, M65 J1 (Lostock Hall), because of a police investigation. Congestion to J31 (Samlesbury). In the roadworks area.

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