A 600-space staff car park has been proposed to tackle parking and traffic chaos at Royal Derby Hospital.
The hospital site was repeatedly in the news earlier this year because of jams that led to patient complaints and which some motorists claimed led to gridlock.
The car park planning application which the hospital trust has made to Derby City Council admits that “the shortage of spaces means that there are frequently long queues to access patient and visitor car parks during the day, leading to congestion and safety fears”.
Hospital officials are bringing in measures to cut queues – a hospital one-way system and a phone app that can find car parks with spaces and direct drivers to them.
But they had previously said there were more measures to come. Now the hospital trust wants to create an extension of two existing staff car parks to the north of the hospital site, off Northmead Drive.
The hospital’s planning application says it would help patients and staff by:
- Covering a shortfall of 220 staff spaces.
- Freeing up 275 patient and visitor spaces “now used by staff with increased clinical activity”.
- Providing back-up for spaces the city council can “call upon at any time” for park and ride.
But the application is clear that it won’t solve the problem entirely. It says: “The 275 patient and visitor spaces thus released would go some way to making up the 2,862 patient and visitors spaces standard, against the effective 823 spaces at present.”
Paul Brooks, associate director of patient experience and facilities management at the hospital, said: “We dearly hope the city council will support our planning application. We are confident that this will make a real difference for our patients and visitors and our staff who are committed to delivering quality care for our patients.
“We know how frustrating the parking issues are and we want to assure everyone who visits the Royal Derby that we are doing everything we can to help resolve the parking issues.
“If the council backs this scheme, it will be good news for everyone – for our patients and visitors, for our staff and for local residents.”