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10:00 16/05/2012

University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW) is pleased to state that it has been given permission to build an extra 433 car parking spaces on wasteland on University Hospital site.

The new car park will allow the Trust to create more spaces for staff, patients and visitors in the new development and existing car parks.

Lincoln Dawkin, Director of Estates at UHCW said: “We are delighted that this application has been given the support of the planning committee and will work with the planning team to address the remaining issues. I would like to thank the committee for their support.

“The Trust will commence discussions shortly to finalise details and ensure outstanding concerns are addressed and would hope to start developing the extra car parking spaces at University Hospital during July.”

This car parking application is one of a number of initiatives UHCW has introduced in their commitment to improve car parking and access to University Hospital site.

In May 2011, the Trust significantly reduced car parking charges and for certain patient’s car parking is free of charge. Paying is easier too with extra pay stations recently installed. The Trust has also agreed with its service provider to install Chip and Pin machines at all pay stations, it is hoped this work will be completed in early July.

The Trust has also created an additional 50 car parking spaces for the public this year and trialed a one-way system which gave priority to ambulances, buses and taxis. The results from this trial are still being reviewed but there was lots of positive feedback about how it reduced congestion on University Hospital’s site. The Trust will look into traffic flows and the layout of the site to introduce this on a permanent basis in the coming months. Furthermore, when patients enter University Hospital a new wayfinding service run by volunteers has been introduced.

The Trust plan to continually improve car parking and access to University Hospital site, and are keen to move forward and assist Gallagher Estates with plans to build a second entrance and additional car parking as the next significant improvement.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS PRESS RELEASE PLEASE CONTACT SARAH CONLON, COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER ON 02476 967617




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