Patients and visitors at West Suffolk Hospital are set to benefit from 400 additional parking spaces this year as work begins on a new £2 million car park project.
The extra spaces, which will also be for staff use, will be available from December after contractors have remodelled the current car parks. It is hoped the project will relieve growing pressure on hospital parking, which has resulted in patients queuing for spaces during busy times.
Craig Black, executive director of resources at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We appreciate that parking at the hospital has been an issue for some time, with patients, visitors and staff having difficulty finding spaces during peak periods.
“Although we have introduced a range of initiatives which have helped, we have also seen a rise in people coming onto the site as demand for our services has increased, which is why we are keen to further increase provision.
“The scheme has been carefully planned to make the most of the limited space available. It will be fully covered by CCTV and low level lighting, which automatically reduces by 50 per cent after 8pm, while we will also use a noise-reducing surface to minimise the impact on our neighbours.
“We look forward to the completion of the project later this year and hope that it will be of benefit to everyone using the site.”