Work on a 1,000-space, multi-storey car park at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary was due to get under way yesterday.
Patients and staff travelling to NHS Grampian’s flagship hospital have been urged to take the bus for the next seven months as the project to build the £10.73 million visitor car park begins.
The existing visitor car park will be closed, and while work is ongoing much of the adjacent staff tarmac will be given over to the construction team.
A “small number of visitor spaces” will be maintained. It is hoped the new facility will be completed in July next year.
Due of the significant drop in the number of parking spaces, NHS Grampian has asked anyone going to ARI to park off site, arrange lifts or use public transport to ensure those most in need of a spot find one.
North-east MSP Lewis Macdonald said: “This is the price we have to pay to improve the situation in due course.”