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There is a misconception that NHSGGC is responsible for the total number of spaces on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) campus.
When the planning application was submitted for the new hospitals a condition of planning consent was that there be a limit to the number of parking spaces available on the site. However, Glasgow City Council subsequently approved an increase in the original number of spaces and this enabled the creation of more spaces in the surface car park at the Govan Road entrance.
This was to ensure that the car parking available was not above the limits that the site and local road infrastructure was designed for and part of the local transport and travel provisions.
The local community does not benefit from additional traffic generated by the availability of more car parking spaces as this causes further congestion on the local roads increasing traffic emissions which are injurious to health.
To ensure patient and visitors are able to park on site we operate a permit scheme for staff which provides car park spaces for all staff who meet the requirements with the Board’s car parking policy.
It is also worth noting that all parking on the QEUH site, both surface and multi storey car parks is completely free at all times, and that the parking arrangements are in place during peak times Monday to Friday only. Nightshift and weekend staff do not require permits and can park in any of the designated staff parking areas.
We will continue to monitor car parking provision at the QEUH on a daily basis and if we require to change the current configuration of patient space to staff permit holders spaces or staff first come first park spaces we will where necessary.
It remains an objective of the Board to reduce dependency on car journeys where reasonable and promote public transport, cycling and walking as alternatives.