New car park to sort out horrific hospital traffic

Essex County Standard: New car park to sort out horrific hospital traffic New car park to sort out horrific hospital traffic

A NEW 150-space car park will be built to bust congestion at Colchester General Hospital.

The proposed car park would be between Turner Road and the existing main public car park.

It will be supplemented by a further 80 staff car parking spaces dotted around the site.

The new spaces will help to cut the number of patients and visitors trying to find a space, and will tackle a further influx when Essex County Hospital closes next March.

It has also been revealed talks have started to lease the first floor of the Primary Care Centre, next to the hospital in Turner Road, to relocate some Essex County Hospital services.

For a special report, see Thursday's Gazette

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11:46am Thu 15 May 14

hughie-s says...

I guess this is the grass area that was reserved to built a new bit of road to cut out the double bend but then someone built Beaumont Close. If this is the case can I suggest they put in a bus lay by as that will stop some of the tail backs,

Wasn't the revamp of the hospital going to be such that buses would serve the main entrance in both directions?
I guess this is the grass area that was reserved to built a new bit of road to cut out the double bend but then someone built Beaumont Close. If this is the case can I suggest they put in a bus lay by as that will stop some of the tail backs, Wasn't the revamp of the hospital going to be such that buses would serve the main entrance in both directions? hughie-s
  • Score: 10

12:10pm Thu 15 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Now what his really means is that the Hospital is going to cream up to £1000 per day in charges and ticket fees.
Of course it has nothing to do with the fact, that Turner Road Walk In Centre that we all paid twice for through the nose for and out again, is going to start full time barrier charging and ticketing from the 1st of June 2014, or that is what the attendants have been stating.
Another cynical kick in the teeth to the Tax paying members of the public:
If patients started calling out ambulances left right and centre for all and sundry, just to get them to hospital, they would complain, but oh no, they want their cake and eat it.
I presume that whilst on the way to the hospital when you are frantically trying to get your loved one or family there, they think you might just crash and finish the job for the them.
When is the time going to come when we say to them, this is our hospital you do what we say and want? and that means no more charges.
Come on people there a lot of intelligent people who write on this site apart from me, If you are all not thinking the same well !
AVPG:
Now what his really means is that the Hospital is going to cream up to £1000 per day in charges and ticket fees. Of course it has nothing to do with the fact, that Turner Road Walk In Centre that we all paid twice for through the nose for and out again, is going to start full time barrier charging and ticketing from the 1st of June 2014, or that is what the attendants have been stating. Another cynical kick in the teeth to the Tax paying members of the public: If patients started calling out ambulances left right and centre for all and sundry, just to get them to hospital, they would complain, but oh no, they want their cake and eat it. I presume that whilst on the way to the hospital when you are frantically trying to get your loved one or family there, they think you might just crash and finish the job for the them. When is the time going to come when we say to them, this is our hospital you do what we say and want? and that means no more charges. Come on people there a lot of intelligent people who write on this site apart from me, If you are all not thinking the same well ! AVPG: A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 9

1:00pm Thu 15 May 14

Ontheball says...

Hopelessly inadequate. With over 340 extra staff coming over from ECH, the extra patients and visitors as a result of the ECH closure and the eventual merging of the walk-in centre at the General, the probems will get significantly worse. What is needed is a proper plan and a multi-storey car car, not this small increase at ground level.

Take a look at Broomfield Hospital to see how things should be done!!
Hopelessly inadequate. With over 340 extra staff coming over from ECH, the extra patients and visitors as a result of the ECH closure and the eventual merging of the walk-in centre at the General, the probems will get significantly worse. What is needed is a proper plan and a multi-storey car car, not this small increase at ground level. Take a look at Broomfield Hospital to see how things should be done!! Ontheball
  • Score: 15

2:02pm Thu 15 May 14

cynicalsubber says...

Ontheball wrote:
Hopelessly inadequate. With over 340 extra staff coming over from ECH, the extra patients and visitors as a result of the ECH closure and the eventual merging of the walk-in centre at the General, the probems will get significantly worse. What is needed is a proper plan and a multi-storey car car, not this small increase at ground level.

Take a look at Broomfield Hospital to see how things should be done!!
Exactly. I've lost count of the number of times I've sat in traffic in Turner Road at off-peak times because idiots waiting to turn into the hospital, even though the approach lane is already full, fail to realise that they're preventing others getting on with their journeys. With the closure of ECH, it will only get much worse.
[quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Hopelessly inadequate. With over 340 extra staff coming over from ECH, the extra patients and visitors as a result of the ECH closure and the eventual merging of the walk-in centre at the General, the probems will get significantly worse. What is needed is a proper plan and a multi-storey car car, not this small increase at ground level. Take a look at Broomfield Hospital to see how things should be done!![/p][/quote]Exactly. I've lost count of the number of times I've sat in traffic in Turner Road at off-peak times because idiots waiting to turn into the hospital, even though the approach lane is already full, fail to realise that they're preventing others getting on with their journeys. With the closure of ECH, it will only get much worse. cynicalsubber
  • Score: 10

2:37pm Thu 15 May 14

Taj says...

Too little to late
Too little to late Taj
  • Score: 8

4:16pm Thu 15 May 14

Acejax says...

Luckily for me I live within the 65 route which takes you straight to the hospital. Bus fair is cheaper then the parking charges depending on how long you are staying.
Luckily for me I live within the 65 route which takes you straight to the hospital. Bus fair is cheaper then the parking charges depending on how long you are staying. Acejax
  • Score: 3

9:28pm Thu 15 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

cynicalsubber wrote:
Ontheball wrote:
Hopelessly inadequate. With over 340 extra staff coming over from ECH, the extra patients and visitors as a result of the ECH closure and the eventual merging of the walk-in centre at the General, the probems will get significantly worse. What is needed is a proper plan and a multi-storey car car, not this small increase at ground level.

Take a look at Broomfield Hospital to see how things should be done!!
Exactly. I've lost count of the number of times I've sat in traffic in Turner Road at off-peak times because idiots waiting to turn into the hospital, even though the approach lane is already full, fail to realise that they're preventing others getting on with their journeys. With the closure of ECH, it will only get much worse.
Yes quite a good remark, Essex University has built a very good multi storey car park, case in point.
This Trust has a massive budget and clout, if it can show any proposed multi storey system to be profitable, it could get the money from somewhere?
AVPG:
[quote][p][bold]cynicalsubber[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ontheball[/bold] wrote: Hopelessly inadequate. With over 340 extra staff coming over from ECH, the extra patients and visitors as a result of the ECH closure and the eventual merging of the walk-in centre at the General, the probems will get significantly worse. What is needed is a proper plan and a multi-storey car car, not this small increase at ground level. Take a look at Broomfield Hospital to see how things should be done!![/p][/quote]Exactly. I've lost count of the number of times I've sat in traffic in Turner Road at off-peak times because idiots waiting to turn into the hospital, even though the approach lane is already full, fail to realise that they're preventing others getting on with their journeys. With the closure of ECH, it will only get much worse.[/p][/quote]Yes quite a good remark, Essex University has built a very good multi storey car park, case in point. This Trust has a massive budget and clout, if it can show any proposed multi storey system to be profitable, it could get the money from somewhere? AVPG: A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 5

10:53pm Thu 15 May 14

Boris says...

The General Hospital is already far too big for that restricted site. They should not be transferring services from Essex County to the General. Let Essex County Hospital carry on providing its excellent service in dermatology, ophthalmology, etc etc.
Excessive centralisation is wrong.
The General Hospital is already far too big for that restricted site. They should not be transferring services from Essex County to the General. Let Essex County Hospital carry on providing its excellent service in dermatology, ophthalmology, etc etc. Excessive centralisation is wrong. Boris
  • Score: 7

4:39pm Fri 16 May 14

1947Babyboomer says...

Can I ask what happens when approx 10,000 new residents arrive in Stanway between now and 2016 as per development plans. Of course they have planned for and taken this in to account !!!! Have they also considered other medical services ( Doctors, Community Nurses etc) I think it highly unlikely. THE ANSWER AS ALWAYS IS " NOT ON MY WATCH" AND OF COURSE "IT WILL BE ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT AND BY THE IT AIN'T MY FAULT GOV" . In my opinion ( and I suspect others) Total bunch of wasters and unprofessional highly paid jobs worth who couldn't manage a teatowel drying on a radiator let alone an essential medical service. This as alway is a management problem.
Can I ask what happens when approx 10,000 new residents arrive in Stanway between now and 2016 as per development plans. Of course they have planned for and taken this in to account !!!! Have they also considered other medical services ( Doctors, Community Nurses etc) I think it highly unlikely. THE ANSWER AS ALWAYS IS " NOT ON MY WATCH" AND OF COURSE "IT WILL BE ALRIGHT ON THE NIGHT AND BY THE IT AIN'T MY FAULT GOV" . In my opinion ( and I suspect others) Total bunch of wasters and unprofessional highly paid jobs worth who couldn't manage a teatowel drying on a radiator let alone an essential medical service. This as alway is a management problem. 1947Babyboomer
  • Score: 3

9:13pm Fri 16 May 14

Misty4 says...

The cost of hospital car parking must surely be a reason for the ambulance service being under pressure as far as some groups in society are concerned. Call the ambulance and it's free! Take the patient in the car and you have to pay!
The cost of hospital car parking must surely be a reason for the ambulance service being under pressure as far as some groups in society are concerned. Call the ambulance and it's free! Take the patient in the car and you have to pay! Misty4
  • Score: 0

12:18pm Sun 18 May 14

Heinz says...

340 staff transferring and 80 new staff parking spaces being 'found'. My matchs suggests there's a problem there.

Expanding the car park by 150 spaces won't be enough after a year or so either.

And, if the parking charges are to remain, can someone explain to me what 'free at the point of use' now means?
340 staff transferring and 80 new staff parking spaces being 'found'. My matchs suggests there's a problem there. Expanding the car park by 150 spaces won't be enough after a year or so either. And, if the parking charges are to remain, can someone explain to me what 'free at the point of use' now means? Heinz
  • Score: 0

8:37pm Sun 18 May 14

William George says...

Boris wrote:
The General Hospital is already far too big for that restricted site. They should not be transferring services from Essex County to the General. Let Essex County Hospital carry on providing its excellent service in dermatology, ophthalmology, etc etc.
Excessive centralisation is wrong.
At Colchester General Hospital all problems in the limit of space the grounds are much happening and will continue to happen and to get worse.
To close the Essex County Hospital which is very much needed will be very unwise and regrettable.

Too much expansion to building so speedily has been made at the Colchester General Hospital causing the limit of space a bad problem which should be realised and closure of the Essex county hospital will make that worse.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: The General Hospital is already far too big for that restricted site. They should not be transferring services from Essex County to the General. Let Essex County Hospital carry on providing its excellent service in dermatology, ophthalmology, etc etc. Excessive centralisation is wrong.[/p][/quote]At Colchester General Hospital all problems in the limit of space the grounds are much happening and will continue to happen and to get worse. To close the Essex County Hospital which is very much needed will be very unwise and regrettable. Too much expansion to building so speedily has been made at the Colchester General Hospital causing the limit of space a bad problem which should be realised and closure of the Essex county hospital will make that worse. William George
  • Score: 1

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