Work to install new security measures and improve signage in the car park of East Yorkshire’s busiest hospital gets underway today.
Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has begun installing new CCTV cameras at its Argyle Street car park, opposite Hull Royal Infirmary, along with a number of entry and exit barriers.
The new security measures will complement a new, fairer ‘pay on foot’ charging system which is also being introduced, and both are expected to be operational by early December. Once installed, new pay stations will require visitors to pay for their parking when they exit the car park, meaning those using the facility will pay according to the time they have used.
Marc Beaumont, Head of Sustainability for Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust says:
“We’re hoping that the new pay on foot system will make attending appointments or visiting relatives that bit less stressful, as visitors will no longer have to guess how much time they will need or worry about getting a ticket if their appointment or clinic is running late. Instead, those using the car park will only pay for their parking as they leave.
“We know that both personal security and that of vehicles at the Argyle Street car park are important concerns for our staff and visitors, so we hope that once the work is complete, those using the car park will feel more comfortable doing so, especially as the nights begin to draw in.
“Signage is an issue which patients regularly raise with us, even as recently as three weeks ago at the Trust’s Innovation Day ‘Big Conversation’, so it’s great to be able to respond to those concerns and hopefully make the various parking zones within the car park clearer for all concerned.”
Chris Norman, Head of Estates, is asking users of the car park to be mindful of the works which commence today. He says:
“The improvement work is set to continue for a number of weeks. It will be carried out in phases and will lead to the car park being temporarily reduced by up to 20 spaces per phase until the work is complete. Whilst we don’t expect it to cause any significant additional pressure on parking spaces, potential users of the car park may wish to consider alternative travel arrangements to HRI in the short term, such as bus travel or use of the Park and Ride facility at Priory Park.
“We are asking our staff, patients and visitors to bear with us whilst this important work is completed, and would thank them in advance for their patience and understanding.”