New car park opens at Grimsby hospital
A new decked car park has now opened at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, it has been announced.
The two-floor structure is located outside the main entrance and will provide 246 public car parking spaces.
125 are situated on the ground floor and 121 on the upper floor.
This means the new car park has increased the hospital’s parking spaces by 33.
The ground floor opened yesterday, Tuesday, 22 February, with both floors officially open as of this morning.
There is provision for disabled parking, lift access to the upper floor and four electric vehicle charging points on the ground floor.
There will also be two pay stations situated on the ground floor of the car park, in addition to the two already available in the main entrance of the hospital building.
The update will no doubt be welcome news to hospital staff, patients and visitors who have endured months of parking difficulties after the main car park closed for works last May.
One member of staff said: “It’s been an absolute nightmare to park onsite. I’ve been getting to work even earlier to just park. So glad the multi story is finally open, it looks great!”
Others felt less enthusiastic about the development, with a regular hospital visitor adding: “All of this work, months of disruption, just for 33 spaces? Are you serious?”
Director of Estates and Facilities and programme director Jug Johal said: “It’s going to be a big year for us here at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital and the opening of our new car park is just the start. I’m really excited about what’s still to come.
“Work on our new Emergency Department is also reaching the final stages and we hope to have it finished and open to the public by late spring.
“If you’ve been to the site recently, you will have seen just how big the new building is.
“It’s 2,255m² – our existing emergency department is approximately 1,200m² – in order to give us the space and facilities we need to reduce waiting times and get you the treatment you need.”
A spokesperson for the trust added: “The reason we built the new car park was because our new Emergency Department has been built on a big chunk of what was the public car park and we were ensuring we didn’t lose any parking provision as a result of that.”
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