Car parking at the Royal Surrey County Hospital remains a serious issue and the Trust is doing all that it can to address this and improve the car parking experience for all of our users. November is historically always our busiest month, so it has been particularly challenging. We know that our car parks are always very busy and many patients are having to arrive unnecessarily early in order to find a parking space before their appointments. This is not acceptable, and we are doing all that we can to secure additional visitor, patient and staff parking spaces.
Over the past year we have been working closely with Guildford Borough Council, Surrey County Council and the University of Surrey. We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which aims to see us all working closely to help our respective sites develop whilst recognising the significant transport issues that we face in this part of Guildford. As a result of this work the Trust is pleased to announce that it has secured planning permission to retain one of its vital staff car parks for the next two years.
There was a chance that we could have lost the so called ‘Plot 23’ staff car park, but after a great deal of hard work over the past six months we have been granted permission to retain it and extend it to provide 388 spaces in total. This is a gain of 173 spaces over the previous planning permission we had for 215 spaces. This will provide additional staff parking spaces closer to the hospital and help meet the demand for car parking spaces as the Trust has grown over the past few years. It is also hoped that it will ease some of the pressure in the nearby residential communities.
Darren Little, Head of Security and Car Parking said: “We have also just submitted a pre-planning application to build a new multi-storey car park in the current front visitors’ car park area. We are aiming to provide this in around two years’ time. We hope this will provide much needed extra parking spaces for our visitors and patients and ease our current parking pressures. There is still a great deal of work for us to do though, before we can submit the full planning application which we aim to do early next year. This will be a large facility that we hope will be the ‘cure’ to our current parking issues. The proposed car park will cost upwards of £10 million and will be linked in to sustainable transport solutions and improved transport infrastructure to this part of Guildford.”
“In the meantime the Trust will do all that it can to release additional visitor/patient parking spaces to meet current demand levels. A staff travel plan, which is currently being implemented alongside these current planning applications, aims to get more staff using public transport, car sharing and walking/cycling to work. By reducing the demand for staff car parking by offering and promoting alternatives we can then release additional visitor/patient parking spaces accordingly.”
From 4th January 2016, there will be some minor changes to our visitor/patient parking charges. The new charges will be as follows:
- Up to 20 minutes – Free
- Up to 2 hours – £3.50
- Up to 3 hours – £4.00
- Up to 4 hours – £5.00
- Up to 5 hours – £6.00
- Up to 6 hours – £7.00
- 6-24 hours – £9.00
- Weekly – £20.00
- Oncology day ticket – £3.50
The Trust has made the decision to retain free parking for disabled blue badge holders.
We will be offering free parking as always on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Car parking charges are an unfortunate necessity and the car parking revenue goes in to managing and maintaining our car parks, directing traffic and lighting, CCTV etc. Any additional revenue goes towards patient care or is used towards projects such as the multi storey car park.
We would ask all users of our car parks to please bear with us whilst we continue to work towards increasing our number of car parking spaces.