PARKING spaces are being swapped over at Queen Alexandra Hospital in a bid to reduce the number of people getting fined for going over the parking limit.
It is hoped the changes will also alleviate the stress that can be caused by traffic congestion.
Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, has come up with a plan to swap 50 pay-and-display spaces with staff spaces in the multi-storey car park, which you can only pay for on exit.
The trust is working with private company Carillion, with which the trust has a 25-year PFI deal, and is in charge of running and maintaining the car parks at the Cosham hospital.
John A’Court, head of estates and facilities for PHT, said: ‘We have been reviewing traffic flow through the site and identified a peak period where congestion occurs.
‘This review concluded that the only way to alleviate the congestion was to provide more public parking so we have immediately put that into place.
‘Congestion is now less severe and for a shorter period.
‘We continue to review the situation and will react accordingly.’
Pay-and-display parking along Pasteur Road to the west of the main building and some spaces at the east entrance will become staff only and more public parking will be created in the main public multi-storey car park.
More disabled spaces will be provided in the north car park.
The trust said that creating some of the additional spaces has meant there will be less staff parking. Use of PHT’s park and ride facility is being promoted instead.
Campaigner Kirstine Impey, who has previously petitioned for parking charges to be lowered at the hospital, has welcomed the changes being made.
She said: ‘I’m glad the hospital is listening, it’s great the trust is doing it.
‘It’s too expensive and for the people that need treatment they shouldn’t worry about parking charges.
‘And also research from other companies shows that patients get better faster and quicker with more visitors. If they don’t get visitors it will prolong their illness just because of parking charges.’