Park and ride plan to sort out hospital parking

Park and ride plan to sort out hospital parking

Park and ride plan to sort out hospital parking

First published in Echo News

PLANS to prevent gridlock outside Basildon Hospital could be in place by the summer.

A park-and-ride service for hospital staff could be launched by the autumn, if staff give it the green light.

Bosses have hired a parking expert to spend six to eight weeks working out how best to alleviate parking woes which bring traffic to a standstill on Nethermayne on a regular basis.

The Echo previously revealed 300 fed-up workers were fined for inconsiderate parking, in just two months.

They said they had no option but to block in other colleagues as there are only 650 spaces for visitors and 4,600 staff.

Hospital chief executive Clare Panniker is in talks with a landowner who has space to park cars.

She said: “There are places quite locally that have space that people would be willing to sell us. My view would be to focus on people who work core office hours who don’t need their car during the day and aren’t working unsociable hours.

“I want to protect the clinician staff and look at who we can help to park elsewhere.

“Demand for the car park has gone up from when we first finished it a few years ago. Now on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday it is completely full.

We have more parking spaces than other hospitals, but we are not really encouraging people to use alternative transport.”

Smaller ideas also in the offing include installing secure bicycle and motorcycle sheds.

Already traffic lights are scheduled to be installed before the hospital roundabout on the A13 end of Nethermayne in June.

Plans are also afoot to widen Nethermayne and Basildon Hospital is considering widening its road from the car park to the roundabout. Essex County Council has yet to commit to a timescale to carry out the work, which would install two lanes on the northbound carriageway between the hospital roundabout and Roundacre roundabout.

Ms Panniker added: “We would have to consult staff, but we want to have some plans in place before the Nethermayne widening work goes on.

“Anything that requires building or planning takes time, but something like a park can be done quickly."

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8:23am Sun 16 Mar 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

Southend Hospital take note!
Southend Hospital take note! Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 3

8:56am Sun 16 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

Is this as well as that road widening plan?

Be plenty of room for a big car park once the Council can get rid of that pesky golf course they have their greedy beady eyes on ti start building on.

They'll havd to run a bus to and from the hosoital though because people won't want or in many cases be able to walk the few yards through the subway....
Is this as well as that road widening plan? Be plenty of room for a big car park once the Council can get rid of that pesky golf course they have their greedy beady eyes on ti start building on. They'll havd to run a bus to and from the hosoital though because people won't want or in many cases be able to walk the few yards through the subway.... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

8:57am Sun 16 Mar 14

bazza 1 says...

Parking at Basildon Hospital is a joke. God help you if you take your own car, and expect to be able to park it. Unless your appointment is very early, say 08.00 hrs, you will be hard pressed to find anywhere to park. Nearly ALL the parking spaces above the ground floor are taken by employees. Most times I have taken my partner for regular visits to her surgeon, I have had to drop her off, and just drive round Basildon until she has had her appointment. The management have tried to alleviate the problem by stopping staff from parking on the lower level, but it is nowhere near enough for patient parking. Expanding the hospital services at Basildon is brilliant for local people, but no account was taken for the greater influx of patients, visitors, or staff, and the extra parking facilities required. Being a University Hospital it attracts patients from a very large catchment, and needs much more parking availability.
Parking at Basildon Hospital is a joke. God help you if you take your own car, and expect to be able to park it. Unless your appointment is very early, say 08.00 hrs, you will be hard pressed to find anywhere to park. Nearly ALL the parking spaces above the ground floor are taken by employees. Most times I have taken my partner for regular visits to her surgeon, I have had to drop her off, and just drive round Basildon until she has had her appointment. The management have tried to alleviate the problem by stopping staff from parking on the lower level, but it is nowhere near enough for patient parking. Expanding the hospital services at Basildon is brilliant for local people, but no account was taken for the greater influx of patients, visitors, or staff, and the extra parking facilities required. Being a University Hospital it attracts patients from a very large catchment, and needs much more parking availability. bazza 1
  • Score: 7

10:13am Sun 16 Mar 14

Rich;'Carol says...

Close the hospital and save lives !
Close the hospital and save lives ! Rich;'Carol
  • Score: -14

10:59am Sun 16 Mar 14

railfan235 says...

to all of you that constantly moan about this hospital are you all deluded or something there is enough parking at this hospital for the hole of basildon to park in they do not need a park and ride service as there are nearly 9 bus services that serve the hospital which are 5,(first bus of the day only) 15, 15A, 25, 100, 200, 140, 367, 46, 45 and the 248B from romford market on a Sunday mornings and they all run with in 3 mins of each other at the hospital and plus if the hospital got there head on straight they should talk to first and make a free pass from basildon bus station to the hospital only plus the 650 spaces in in the mulit story only the echo dident evean look at the car park behind the the mulit as there is a 600 spacer there for staff only.
to all of you that constantly moan about this hospital are you all deluded or something there is enough parking at this hospital for the hole of basildon to park in they do not need a park and ride service as there are nearly 9 bus services that serve the hospital which are 5,(first bus of the day only) 15, 15A, 25, 100, 200, 140, 367, 46, 45 and the 248B from romford market on a Sunday mornings and they all run with in 3 mins of each other at the hospital and plus if the hospital got there head on straight they should talk to first and make a free pass from basildon bus station to the hospital only plus the 650 spaces in in the mulit story only the echo dident evean look at the car park behind the the mulit as there is a 600 spacer there for staff only. railfan235
  • Score: -4

11:45am Sun 16 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

railfan235 wrote:
to all of you that constantly moan about this hospital are you all deluded or something there is enough parking at this hospital for the hole of basildon to park in they do not need a park and ride service as there are nearly 9 bus services that serve the hospital which are 5,(first bus of the day only) 15, 15A, 25, 100, 200, 140, 367, 46, 45 and the 248B from romford market on a Sunday mornings and they all run with in 3 mins of each other at the hospital and plus if the hospital got there head on straight they should talk to first and make a free pass from basildon bus station to the hospital only plus the 650 spaces in in the mulit story only the echo dident evean look at the car park behind the the mulit as there is a 600 spacer there for staff only.
People don't let facts get in the way of a good moan......
[quote][p][bold]railfan235[/bold] wrote: to all of you that constantly moan about this hospital are you all deluded or something there is enough parking at this hospital for the hole of basildon to park in they do not need a park and ride service as there are nearly 9 bus services that serve the hospital which are 5,(first bus of the day only) 15, 15A, 25, 100, 200, 140, 367, 46, 45 and the 248B from romford market on a Sunday mornings and they all run with in 3 mins of each other at the hospital and plus if the hospital got there head on straight they should talk to first and make a free pass from basildon bus station to the hospital only plus the 650 spaces in in the mulit story only the echo dident evean look at the car park behind the the mulit as there is a 600 spacer there for staff only.[/p][/quote]People don't let facts get in the way of a good moan...... Howard Cháse
  • Score: 6

11:54am Sun 16 Mar 14

pendulum says...

"to all of you that constantly moan about this hospital are you all deluded or something there is enough parking at this hospital for the hole of basildon"

Thanks - I haven't read something so stupid and contradictory in quite a while.
"to all of you that constantly moan about this hospital are you all deluded or something there is enough parking at this hospital for the hole of basildon" Thanks - I haven't read something so stupid and contradictory in quite a while. pendulum
  • Score: 5

12:17pm Sun 16 Mar 14

carnmountyouknowitmakessense says...

Ban all cars from the hospital.
Ban all cars from the hospital. carnmountyouknowitmakessense
  • Score: 0

6:24pm Sun 16 Mar 14

the25man says...

Anything to keep cars away from the Hospital is a good idea. All staff should be able to park near to there work also only the disable should be allowed to park in the grounds all visitors should be made to park and ride
Anything to keep cars away from the Hospital is a good idea. All staff should be able to park near to there work also only the disable should be allowed to park in the grounds all visitors should be made to park and ride the25man
  • Score: -4

12:50am Mon 17 Mar 14

Devils Advocate says...

railfan235 wrote:
to all of you that constantly moan about this hospital are you all deluded or something there is enough parking at this hospital for the hole of basildon to park in they do not need a park and ride service as there are nearly 9 bus services that serve the hospital which are 5,(first bus of the day only) 15, 15A, 25, 100, 200, 140, 367, 46, 45 and the 248B from romford market on a Sunday mornings and they all run with in 3 mins of each other at the hospital and plus if the hospital got there head on straight they should talk to first and make a free pass from basildon bus station to the hospital only plus the 650 spaces in in the mulit story only the echo dident evean look at the car park behind the the mulit as there is a 600 spacer there for staff only.
Er, it says that there are 650 spaces to cater for the public and 4,500 staff. Oh, and thanks for the bus numbers, I am sure all of those buses run to suit shift workers patterns. I would not be surprised if the idea of using another mode of transport crossed their minds when they mentioned cycle sheds etc?
Perhaps the confusion comes from people who don't actually read the stories?
But of course, you could simply blame Labour for this as well, I suppose!
[quote][p][bold]railfan235[/bold] wrote: to all of you that constantly moan about this hospital are you all deluded or something there is enough parking at this hospital for the hole of basildon to park in they do not need a park and ride service as there are nearly 9 bus services that serve the hospital which are 5,(first bus of the day only) 15, 15A, 25, 100, 200, 140, 367, 46, 45 and the 248B from romford market on a Sunday mornings and they all run with in 3 mins of each other at the hospital and plus if the hospital got there head on straight they should talk to first and make a free pass from basildon bus station to the hospital only plus the 650 spaces in in the mulit story only the echo dident evean look at the car park behind the the mulit as there is a 600 spacer there for staff only.[/p][/quote]Er, it says that there are 650 spaces to cater for the public and 4,500 staff. Oh, and thanks for the bus numbers, I am sure all of those buses run to suit shift workers patterns. I would not be surprised if the idea of using another mode of transport crossed their minds when they mentioned cycle sheds etc? Perhaps the confusion comes from people who don't actually read the stories? But of course, you could simply blame Labour for this as well, I suppose! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 0

1:01pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

More square meters of car park than there is hospital.
Says it all.
More square meters of car park than there is hospital. Says it all. Keptquiettillnow
  • Score: 1

1:45pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Vange Resident says...

The car parking problems at BTUH are down to the usual bad planning by staff who just took the money and didn’t put any thought into the future of the build, just keeping themselves in a job until it’s time for the next C0ck up. The spaces are not adequate for the amount of staff working on a daily basis let along patients and visitors.
The council and hospital need to improve public transport to the site so the majority of staff have an alternative to driving, plus there needs to be provision put into place to protect those who work shift (like I did) and for those who are vulnerable. (Try walking to and around the car park at shift change or late at night)
The hospital needs to build a dedicated staff multi-storey car park outside the cardiothoracic centre (CTC) leading in & out from Dry Street to cater for the growing demand for staffing of the hospital site and allow the front multi-storey car park to be used exclusively for patients and visitors.
How do you pay for it? Stop paying out to staff that are clearly taking a salary but not doing their jobs! Start but cutting out a large chunks of the senior Management (I worked at Basildon for 7 years and know the waste that goes on) Alan Whittle’s “Silence / pay off” money would have contributed to a large amount of the cost!
The car parking problems at BTUH are down to the usual bad planning by staff who just took the money and didn’t put any thought into the future of the build, just keeping themselves in a job until it’s time for the next C0ck up. The spaces are not adequate for the amount of staff working on a daily basis let along patients and visitors. The council and hospital need to improve public transport to the site so the majority of staff have an alternative to driving, plus there needs to be provision put into place to protect those who work shift (like I did) and for those who are vulnerable. (Try walking to and around the car park at shift change or late at night) The hospital needs to build a dedicated staff multi-storey car park outside the cardiothoracic centre (CTC) leading in & out from Dry Street to cater for the growing demand for staffing of the hospital site and allow the front multi-storey car park to be used exclusively for patients and visitors. How do you pay for it? Stop paying out to staff that are clearly taking a salary but not doing their jobs! Start but cutting out a large chunks of the senior Management (I worked at Basildon for 7 years and know the waste that goes on) Alan Whittle’s “Silence / pay off” money would have contributed to a large amount of the cost! Vange Resident
  • Score: 1

7:05pm Mon 17 Mar 14

runwellian says...

the25man wrote:
Anything to keep cars away from the Hospital is a good idea. All staff should be able to park near to there work also only the disable should be allowed to park in the grounds all visitors should be made to park and ride
So what is wrong with the staff using public transport?

Many patients have disability and the reason they attend hospital is because they are not well, unlike the staff who are supposed to be fit and healthy?

650 staff car parking spaces would greatly benefit patient access to services they need.

It is is shame that when they build they facilities, they don't look to the future and realise demand for parking will grow ... or even the need for e helipad!

I couldn't manage to get on / off a bus so Basildon hospital can no longer me my hospital of choice!
[quote][p][bold]the25man[/bold] wrote: Anything to keep cars away from the Hospital is a good idea. All staff should be able to park near to there work also only the disable should be allowed to park in the grounds all visitors should be made to park and ride[/p][/quote]So what is wrong with the staff using public transport? Many patients have disability and the reason they attend hospital is because they are not well, unlike the staff who are supposed to be fit and healthy? 650 staff car parking spaces would greatly benefit patient access to services they need. It is is shame that when they build they facilities, they don't look to the future and realise demand for parking will grow ... or even the need for e helipad! I couldn't manage to get on / off a bus so Basildon hospital can no longer me my hospital of choice! runwellian
  • Score: 2

7:37pm Mon 17 Mar 14

ShipShape says...

Vange Resident wrote:
The car parking problems at BTUH are down to the usual bad planning by staff who just took the money and didn’t put any thought into the future of the build, just keeping themselves in a job until it’s time for the next C0ck up. The spaces are not adequate for the amount of staff working on a daily basis let along patients and visitors.
The council and hospital need to improve public transport to the site so the majority of staff have an alternative to driving, plus there needs to be provision put into place to protect those who work shift (like I did) and for those who are vulnerable. (Try walking to and around the car park at shift change or late at night)
The hospital needs to build a dedicated staff multi-storey car park outside the cardiothoracic centre (CTC) leading in & out from Dry Street to cater for the growing demand for staffing of the hospital site and allow the front multi-storey car park to be used exclusively for patients and visitors.
How do you pay for it? Stop paying out to staff that are clearly taking a salary but not doing their jobs! Start but cutting out a large chunks of the senior Management (I worked at Basildon for 7 years and know the waste that goes on) Alan Whittle’s “Silence / pay off” money would have contributed to a large amount of the cost!
I didn't know you used to work at the hospital? You never seem to mention it.
[quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: The car parking problems at BTUH are down to the usual bad planning by staff who just took the money and didn’t put any thought into the future of the build, just keeping themselves in a job until it’s time for the next C0ck up. The spaces are not adequate for the amount of staff working on a daily basis let along patients and visitors. The council and hospital need to improve public transport to the site so the majority of staff have an alternative to driving, plus there needs to be provision put into place to protect those who work shift (like I did) and for those who are vulnerable. (Try walking to and around the car park at shift change or late at night) The hospital needs to build a dedicated staff multi-storey car park outside the cardiothoracic centre (CTC) leading in & out from Dry Street to cater for the growing demand for staffing of the hospital site and allow the front multi-storey car park to be used exclusively for patients and visitors. How do you pay for it? Stop paying out to staff that are clearly taking a salary but not doing their jobs! Start but cutting out a large chunks of the senior Management (I worked at Basildon for 7 years and know the waste that goes on) Alan Whittle’s “Silence / pay off” money would have contributed to a large amount of the cost![/p][/quote]I didn't know you used to work at the hospital? You never seem to mention it. ShipShape
  • Score: -1

1:01pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Vange Resident says...

ShipShape wrote:
Vange Resident wrote: The car parking problems at BTUH are down to the usual bad planning by staff who just took the money and didn’t put any thought into the future of the build, just keeping themselves in a job until it’s time for the next C0ck up. The spaces are not adequate for the amount of staff working on a daily basis let along patients and visitors. The council and hospital need to improve public transport to the site so the majority of staff have an alternative to driving, plus there needs to be provision put into place to protect those who work shift (like I did) and for those who are vulnerable. (Try walking to and around the car park at shift change or late at night) The hospital needs to build a dedicated staff multi-storey car park outside the cardiothoracic centre (CTC) leading in & out from Dry Street to cater for the growing demand for staffing of the hospital site and allow the front multi-storey car park to be used exclusively for patients and visitors. How do you pay for it? Stop paying out to staff that are clearly taking a salary but not doing their jobs! Start but cutting out a large chunks of the senior Management (I worked at Basildon for 7 years and know the waste that goes on) Alan Whittle’s “Silence / pay off” money would have contributed to a large amount of the cost!
I didn't know you used to work at the hospital? You never seem to mention it.
You can't comment unless you know! and I am glad you noticed I USED to work at the hopsital. a very long and unpleasent learning curve!
[quote][p][bold]ShipShape[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Vange Resident[/bold] wrote: The car parking problems at BTUH are down to the usual bad planning by staff who just took the money and didn’t put any thought into the future of the build, just keeping themselves in a job until it’s time for the next C0ck up. The spaces are not adequate for the amount of staff working on a daily basis let along patients and visitors. The council and hospital need to improve public transport to the site so the majority of staff have an alternative to driving, plus there needs to be provision put into place to protect those who work shift (like I did) and for those who are vulnerable. (Try walking to and around the car park at shift change or late at night) The hospital needs to build a dedicated staff multi-storey car park outside the cardiothoracic centre (CTC) leading in & out from Dry Street to cater for the growing demand for staffing of the hospital site and allow the front multi-storey car park to be used exclusively for patients and visitors. How do you pay for it? Stop paying out to staff that are clearly taking a salary but not doing their jobs! Start but cutting out a large chunks of the senior Management (I worked at Basildon for 7 years and know the waste that goes on) Alan Whittle’s “Silence / pay off” money would have contributed to a large amount of the cost![/p][/quote]I didn't know you used to work at the hospital? You never seem to mention it.[/p][/quote]You can't comment unless you know! and I am glad you noticed I USED to work at the hopsital. a very long and unpleasent learning curve! Vange Resident
  • Score: 2

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