Published Monday 23 April 2018 at 14:38
A car park specially built to improve facilities for patients, visitors and staff at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital is now open.
Constructed on Old Bank Lane next to the hospital, it is designed to reduce traffic congestion in the surrounding area, especially Haslingden Road.
A joint partnership between Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (BwDBC) and East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT), the new facility will support patients and visitors to Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and those employed in the surrounding businesses.
Traffic congestion caused by cars waiting to enter the current hospital car park is a cause of major blockages on the highway network with traffic often queuing back towards Junction 5 of the M65.
East Lancashire Hospitals Trust have estimated there is an under provision of car parking spaces at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital to accommodate the needs of patients and visitors. With the hospital delivering more NHS services than ever before, this places a greater strain on parking which this new facility will help to alleviate.
The 500 space car park located off Old Bank Lane will be run by the East Lancashire Hospitals Trust on behalf of BwDBC, and the tariffs will be the same across both sites.
Harry Catherall, Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, said:
Extra parking spaces have been a priority for some time for people using Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital, so I am thrilled that this car park is opening and will hopefully ease the parking pressures in the area for patients, visitors and staff.
This has been a real partnership effort between the Council and the hospital trust and it’s great to now see the car park opening.”
Kevin McGee, Chief Executive of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said:
Working in partnership with Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, we are delighted to open a new car park that will significantly improve the experience for everyone coming to the Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital.”
Patients and visitors arriving by car will benefit from a greater number of parking spaces, while local residents and anyone travelling past the hospital will welcome the reduced congestion along Haslingden Road.”