Hospital parking solution on the horizon?

The ASDA store is currently being built at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and will help pay for the new car park
The ASDA store is currently being built at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and will help pay for the new car park
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Building work for Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s new multi-storey car park will begin in September.

It is hoped the 300 space car park will go some way towards alleviating parking problems around the hospital.

However, there are still concerns over available parking after it emerged the county council is considering introducing double yellow lines on Winterton Drive and Kynaston Avenue.

Currently it is consulting with residents in the area, who have complained about junctions being blocked and their drives being used by staff and patients. If the plans are successful the lines could be painted by late October this year.

County council parking services team leader Steve Kenton said: “Obviously it’s a highly residential area. It seems to be a 24 hour issue.

“A single yellow line won’t be effective in that it will have to be a double yellow.”

Parking around the hospital has been a problem for a number of years with Booker Park School’s business director Christine Ludlow describing the area as an ‘accident waiting to happen’.

Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust director of property services Ian Garlington said: “We encourage staff to look at alternatives to bringing a car to work, such as public transport, cycling and walking.

“At this stage it is difficult to gauge the impact double yellow lines will have on hospital parking.”

Mr Garlington assured people no car spaces will be lost when construction on the new car park begins.

It is one project being funded through the sale of land to supermarket ASDA which will be completed next year.