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Transport

Would the new hub create extra traffic?

We do not believe that the new hub would create extra traffic in Bristol overall. The hub would only be used by patients, visitors and staff, who are already travelling to our hospitals. However, traffic flows would increase in the area around Marlborough Street/ Upper Maudlin Street/ Dighton Street. We would provide improvements in this area to manage traffic with better junctions and widen pavements to enhance pedestrian safety.

What steps would you take to prevent commuter and shopper parking?

We would use technology, such as barcodes on appointment letters, so that the hub would only be available for patients, visitors and a proportion for staff. The hub will not be for shoppers or commuters.

Why do patients and visitors need to drive to your hospitals?

We encourage patients and visitors travelling to our hospitals to use the bus, cycle or walk. But we know that sustainable travel can be impossible for those with certain medical conditions.  Our research snapshot suggests that 32% of people who drive do so due to a medical reason.  There are also people who must travel long distances to our specialist regional services, like those for child burns and brain injuries, who may find it difficult to use public transport for their journey. 

How does the Trust know that an 820 space car park is enough to meet demand?

According to council guidance, based upon the number of beds in our hospitals we should have around 2,000 car park spaces. Due to our city centre location, access to the public transport system and future initiatives, such as MetroBus, we proactively encourage patients and visitors to use a sustainable way of travelling to our hospitals. A comprehensive assessment of patient and visitor requirements, particularly considering those patients who require nearby parking out of medical necessity, led us to the conclusion that an 820 space building for short stay parking would balance their needs with addressing council policies that aim to reduce city centre car parking.

Would the hub create extra pollution because of hospital-related vehicles travelling to a single point to park?

The new hub design features a living green wall and green roof. Electric vehicle charging points would also be available, together with 400 cycle spaces for staff. We expect air quality to improve because the new hub would help to reduce the need for people to drive around the local streets looking for an on-street space or travelling to a nearby car park - which may also be full. 

We do not believe that the new hub would generate significant amounts of extra patient and visitor journeys into the city. More than half of our patients and visitors already access our hospitals by car, but they are parking in different locations.

Would the cost of car parking increase?

No. Parking charges would be the same as for the existing car parks on the site and are subject to annual review. Charges are regularly compared with other car parks next to the site. Find out more here.

Why close three car parks when you say that parking is already difficult to find?

Our plans would see the three car parks at Trust Headquarters, Marlborough Hill and Montague Hill South close, which would provide an opportunity for us to create new medical facilities in these locations in the future. The 628 space net increase is the number we believe is needed in light of our hospitals' connections to public transport and city centre location.

What provision would there be for disabled parking?

The new hub would increase the number of disabled parking spaces from 26 to 53 across our car parks. This represents an increase of 27 disabled spaces. We will consider the outcome of our public engagement before we finalise the number of disabled spaces.