Following a four-month consultation on a car parking policy for Glasgow's hospital sites, NHS Greater Glasgow today agreed to form a Partnership based Implementation Group to take forward the policy, on a phased basis during 2006, and implement charges for car parking at the city's main hospital sites.
The proposals stem from NHS Greater Glasgow's announcement in July 2003 that it would develop a Green Travel Plan to accompany its £750 million modernisation of acute hospital services.
The key objective of the policy is to improve the quality of parking at hospital sites including better disabled access and safer parking areas.
The Implementation Group will drive forward the policy with emphasis on introducing a fair and equitable car parking charges policy across NHS Greater Glasgow's hospitals and Health Board Headquarters at Dalian House.
The Chair of NHS Greater Glasgow's Transport and Access Group, Jonathan Best, who is Chief Executive of the Yorkhill Division, said:"The fact that we have agreed to charge for parking at hospitals in Greater Glasgow is not unique.In other major cities, like Edinburgh and Aberdeen, traffic congestion problems have already led to the introduction of charging at hospitals.
"Ultimately, we have to better manage access by car to all our hospitals and ensure that those patients, visitors and staff who have no alternative to travel by car have a fair chance of finding a parking space."
For further information contact Lorraine Dick on 0141 201 4429.