Hospital visitors set to face parking problems

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Visitors to Sheffield Children’s Hospital were warned this week to expect parking to be worse than usual over the next year as a result of major building work.

The current 39 spaces will be lost as a £40m hospital redevelopment project begins.

By December next year, visitors and patients are due to be able to use a multi-storey car park to be built across the road, in Clarkson Street, which will have 100 spaces allocated to the hospital.

There will also be 58 spaces at the hospital.

In the meantime, managers are encouraging use of public transport and a free shuttle bus which will be run from a car park in Castlegate to try to ease the pressure.

Finding a parking spot in the area has proved difficult for years because of demand from people using the hospitals, university and museum.

It will not be any easier as general parking space is lost as a result of the upgrade of the Children’s Hospital and the construction of the university’s 527-space multi-storey on its surface level car park.

There will still be parking for emergencies outside the emergency department on Western Bank, and at least 10 disabled parking spaces around the hospital.

John Reid, director of nursing and clinical operations, said: “Within the next 12 months the capacity for parking at the hospital will be greatly increased and this will continue with the creation of further car park spaces in the redeveloped hospital.”

He added: “Parking is currently a problematic issue for visitors and staff so we have worked hard to resolve this issue in our plans for the redevelopment of the hospital.

“In the short term, it will be awkward but the hospital is well served by public transport.

“I would ask patients, families and staff to bear with us as we carry out this vital work to increase car park capacity.”

Car access around the hospital will be limited to drop-off and pick-up.

A park and ride scheme with car park operator Q-Park will be launched from Broad Street West, Castlegate, in the city centre on January 13.

Visitors to the hospital will be able to receive discounted rates and use a free shuttle bus service running every 30 minutes by bringing their appointment letter with them.