Parking restrictions to be introduced near Royal Alexandra Hospital

By Steph Brawn  @brawnjourno
Local Democracy Reporter
The RAH, in Paisley

The Royal Alexandra Hospital, one of the hospitals used to serve the population of West Dunbartonsire and Argyll and Bute.

The Barrhead News is reporting that restricted parking is set to be introduced on a notorious road near to the Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH) in Paisley.

Following a consultation carried out by Renfrewshire Council last year, it is has been suggested pay and display parking combined with a residents’ parking scheme be introduced in Corsebar Road.

It is recommended the council’s infrastructure, land and environment policy board approve implementing the traffic regulation order  — despite several objections being received.

The barrier was installed by health board chiefs to try and protect spaces for patients and visitors, but it has led to hospital staff clogging up the adjacent Corsebar Road making it dangerous for residents.

But while the council feels the traffic regulation order may solve the issue, some residents and community leaders feel the problem will simply move elsewhere until the lack of parking spaces at the RAH is fully addressed.

Patients and visitors to the hospital from the West Dunbartonshire side of the River Clyde have complained for years about the lack of parking at the RAH.

Councillor Eileen McCartin, who represents the area, is one of the objectors to the proposed traffic regulation order.

She said: “This traffic order will alleviate small parts of the problem as it will assist some people who cannot get a parking space outside their own front door, so I won’t object to it any further than I already have.

“But I stand by that it does not tackle the real cause of the problem. Until we tackle the volume of traffic at the RAH and its lack of parking spaces, the parking problems are not going to be resolved.

“It has been fight after fight to get something done. It is causing staff so much grief and anxiety.

“All the work that has been done has been done by the council, but the health board needs to meet the needs of its staff.”

The proposal has been going through a consultation since August 2018, with many supporters expressing concern about RAH staff “racing” to find parking on the pavement and blocking drive access.

The comment in board papers said: “The RAH has introduced a barrier system that prohibits access to its car park for 9 to 5 staff.

“Staff who work 9 to 5 shifts are penalised as there is nowhere to park close to the hospital.

“There are various reasons why staff have to commute by car including poor public transport links. Also, many staff are contracted to work across sites and need to travel from hospital to hospital and to provide emergency on-call services.”

A spokesman for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde added: “Last year we introduced revised car parking arrangements for all users.There are no restrictions on car parking after 4pm during the week, at weekends or on public holidays.

“Travel planning events have been continued to be held on a weekly basis with staff up to the beginning of this month, to help them plan their journeys to and from work by creating individual travel plans using public transport.

“We have also reviewed transport links to the hospital and discussed these with individual bus companies. The providers of these services have also promoted their services to staff on site.

“We will continue to work with staff, patients and members of the public to improve access to the Royal Alexandra Hospital using all means of travel.”

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