Coventry University Hospital trials traffic system to ease congestion

By Matthew Bates 26/03 Updated: 26/03 13:40

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A ONE-WAY system is being trialled at University Hospital to help ease congestion.

Bosses said the four-day trial, starting from today (Monday), was proof they were being proactive in solving traffic issues.

The 9am to 5pm trial will see all traffic - other than emergency vehicles, taxis and buses - use the right hand lane on entering the site. Drivers will then be asked to turn right before turning left at a mini roundabout and following directions. Diversions may change depending on traffic flow.

Lincoln Dawkin, director of estates at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, said: "We would ask during these four days the public follow the diversion signs around the site and also kindly follow the directions giving to them by those staff involved in the trial.

"I hope these actions, on top of the extra 50 spaces for members of the public we released in February, show that we are being proactive and finding ways now to improve the congestion on site in the short-term for our patients, visitors and staff."

He added the hospital was still focused on the original planning bid for a second entrance at the rear of the site. Bosses have given all information needed to private firm Gallaghers, who will submit the full application.

But in order to get the work moving quickly, the Trust has submitted their own bid for a car park to the council.

Mr Dawkin said he hoped it would be considered in the near future.

"If granted it would give us additional capacity which we would use for staff," he added.

"We would then be able to create an extra 100 spaces for the public from the same car park which we released an extra 50 spaces for the public in February.

"We hope this would help relieve some of the issues with congestion which we know continues to cause our patients, visitors and staff stress and concern."

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