NHS and council still stuck at talking stage
Graham Johnston, NHS Lanarkshire’s head of planning, said:“Nothing has been agreed at this stage. However, work is progressing in partnership to look at the feasibility of creating a park-and-ride facility on the grounds of Hairmyres Hospital.
“Any solution must ensure minimal disruption for our patients and staff.
“This is no mean task as even a temporary closure to a section of the car park, while we construct additional parking, would have a negative impact by reducing the number of available spaces.
“Clearly, a solution must be found as people who have a real need to park at the hospital are finding it increasingly difficult to do so as spaces are being used by commuters.”
Gordon Mackay, head of South Lanarkshire Council’s roads and transportation services, said:“With funding previously secured from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) a report covering a number of design options was produced.
“The preferred decked car-park option has been presented to the NHS and to the Board of Prospect Healthcare (Hairmyres) Ltd and both parties are agreeable on the principle of increased park and ride provision in this area.
“Although the principle of a decked car park solution was agreed, colleagues in the NHS feel that an increased provision of spaces at surface level may be a more practical solution.
“We are awaiting detailed information from the NHS on their views as to how this might be achieved before considering options further.”
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