A travel plan is being developed for the hospital "so that options can be assessed to manage parking pressures at the site."
It'll be for everyone who works at or visits the hospital - following years of complaints about the busy car park, which some people blame on others using the spaces before walking to work elsewhere.
Pictured: The car park at the PEH is often busy, but some claim the cars don't always belong to staff or hospital users.
Health & Social Care said it is trying to address "the well-known issues" by working with Traffic and Highway Services, which has commissioned WSP UK Limited to develop the Travel Plan.
WSP said it develops "creative, comprehensive and sustainable engineering solutions for a future where society can thrive."
It also claims to be "equipped with local knowledge, world-class talent and proactive leadership, we plan, design, manage and engineer long lasting and impactful solutions to uniquely complex problems."
Pictured: WSP UK Limited's website.
HSC admits that the hospital car park "has been the subject of frustration for many years - with people sometimes struggling to find spaces for appointments or to visit their relatives. The Travel Plan will seek to identify and examine options available to manage this pressure."
WSP UK has already worked out the "volume of all types of traffic" that use the hospital campus each day – as well as working out how long visitors stay at the hospital or the Oberlands Centre. The company has already asked HSC staff to complete a detailed survey about their shift patterns, how they travel to work, whether they do the school run on the way etc.
A public survey has also been set up to find out how patients and visitors feel about travelling to the hospital, including parking. The online survey can be found here.
Pictured: The online survey can be found here.
There are ongoing plans to redevelop the PEH site, and HSC said the Travel Plan will feed into that with an Outline Business Case which will be presented to the States early next year.
Jan Coleman, Director of Hospital Modernisation for HSC, said:
“This is an opportunity to ensure that travel issues to and from the PEH site are properly considered and factored into our programme to modernise the facilities provided at the hospital campus. We are grateful for the support provided by E&I in respect of the commissioning of a specialist organisation who we hope will provide clear options for us to manage the needs of our community and staff.”
Pictured top: The Princess Elizabeth Hospital entrance.
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