Kettering General Hospital is now entering the final phase of plans to significantly improve car parking at KGH by introducing more spaces and improving the traffic flow in, out and around the site to reduce queuing.
This final phase involves installing a car park deck above Car Park B (next to Northfield House) which will result in a further 240 spaces by mid November.
The key changes which will affect where – and how – patients park are:
· From Friday July 7 until Sunday July 9 we are closing Car Park B (the large car park with Northfield House in the middle) to enable initial works on the new car park deck. After the weekend parts of this Car Park B will remain closed until mid October to allow work on the decking to commence
· To offset the number of lost spaces we are opening a new temporary car park providing 111 spaces for patients in Car Park C next to the Diabetes Centre (this was a staff only car park but staff have been temporarily re-located to other nearby offsite arrangements.)
· From July 7 we are also introducing pay and display ‘ticket on the window’ machines in Car Park B and Car Park C. Change will be available in the car park office in Car Park A. The barriers in these car parks will be raised once the pay and display machines are in action. These changes will improve flow in and out of the car parks.
Director of Estates, Derek Shaw, said “ We apologise for any inconvenience the new arrangements cause but clearly we want to develop the new decking as soon as possible to ease overall parking problems at the hospital.
“It would be really helpful if on Friday July 7th our patients and visitors could arrange with friends or family to be dropped off for their outpatient appointment (using Car Park A, the car park above the Main Outpatients/A&E entrance, where the first 15 minutes are free) and picked up again later, rather than struggle to find somewhere to park.
The temporary closure of Car Park B is necessary to ensure that our construction partner can prepare the site safely in advance of works commencing. The reduction in spaces will only last until Sunday July 9th 2017 after which limited parking will be available in Car Park B whilst work is underway.”