On 7th October the main Outpatients car park at St Peter’s Hospital will close until July 2020 and work will begin on a new, multi deck car park for patients and visitors. Parking has been a challenge at St Peter’s for many years and the new car park, which will have 700 spaces, will help us to greatly improve the situation for patients, visitors and staff.
The new car park is just the first step of an exciting three year investment programme to radically transform services and facilities at Ashford and St Peter’s. This will include a new Urgent and Emergency Facility at St Peter’s, along with improved retail and catering facilities at both sites.
Throughout the works, the overall number of parking spaces available to patients and visitors will remain approximately the same, but the spaces will be in a different location. New signposting will help to guide people to these areas. Access to the main hospital buildings will remain the same to pedestrians, but there will be restricted access for vehicle drop off and pick up at the main entrance with temporary traffic lights in place. Blue badge spaces have been created in the old Accident and Emergency car park, which will also have wheelchairs and assistance for those less able. For those who may wish to use public transport, the Trust has agreed an increased service of the 446 bus route, from Woking to Staines, via St Peters and Chertsey, offering an alternative method of transport; the white bus website has the updated timetable, www.whitebus.co.uk/bus-services/446
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ Director of Estates and Facilities, Chris Bell, said: ‘We know that car parking can cause frustration and change can bring worry but this is a great opportunity to improve the parking facilities for all of our patients, visitors and staff. We are working hard to get clear signage in place and have a team of volunteers on hand to help direct people around the site. We are also sending updated parking information to patients with future appointments. If you do have any difficulties finding your way around please do ask any member of staff for help. I’d also like to thank people in advance for their patience and understanding during this time.’
All the information about the planned parking changes are on our website, www.ashfordstpeters.nhs.uk/car-park-changes so please do take a look and where possible, plan your visit in advance.