Hos­pi­tal in line for car park

Accrington Observer - - FAMILY ANNOUNCEMENTS -

THE Royal Black­burn Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal is set to get a new car park to ease crowd­ing and con­ges­tion.

Plan­ning ap­proval has been granted for the con­struc­tion of a new 517-space car park at the hos­pi­tal in a bid to im­prove fa­cil­i­ties for pa­tients, vis­i­tors and staff, and re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion on sur­round­ing roads.

The re­sult of a joint part­ner­ship be­tween Black­burn with Dar­wen coun­cil and East Lan­cashire Hos­pi­tals NHS Trust, a sin­gle-level car park will be built with 467 stan­dard spa­ces, 50 larger spa­ces and 20 mo­tor­cy­cle spa­ces, based on un­used land off Old Bank Lane.

Trust chief ex­ec­u­tive Kevin McGee said: “We are de­lighted at Black­burn with Dar­wen coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to ap­prove plans to ex­tend the hos­pi­tal’s car park fa­cil­i­ties.

“Our pa­tients and vis­i­tors fre­quently tell us that, while they are happy with their hos­pi­tal care, there are not enough car park­ing spa­ces on our site.

“Car park­ing pro­vi­sion is also a ma­jor is­sue for cur­rent and prospec­tive trust staff.”

En­try and exit to the new car park will be via Old Bank Lane, with im­prove­ments be­ing made to the junc­tion at Shadsworth Road and Old Bank Lane to han­dle ex­tra traf­fic.

To link the new car park to the hos­pi­tal site and the neigh­bour­ing Queens Park and Hasling­den Road ar­eas, a pedes­trian foot­path will be built around the south­ern perime­ter, com­plete with il­lu­mi­nated bol­lards.

If every­thing goes to plan, work on the new car park will be com­pleted by sum­mer 2018.

James Maguire, the trust’s gen­eral man­ager for es­tates and fa­cil­i­ties, said: “We have worked closely with the coun­cil to de­velop th­ese plans that will sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the ex­pe­ri­ence for ev­ery­one vis­it­ing the hos­pi­tal by car.”

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