200 more parking spaces at hospital

KIRKCALDY;'VICTORIA HOSPITAL'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'VICTORIA HOSPITAL'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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another 200 more car parking spaces for patients and visitors are to be provided for Kirkcaldy’s extended hospital.

But health bosses are hopeful that more people will consider using public transport, with a bus expected to drive through the new site around every ten minutes.

The new spaces will be available when huts currently used by construction workers on the new site are moved away, with a new entrance being created from Hayfield Road.

An update of the transport situation was outlined by Dennis O’Keefe, projects director, at a meeting of the operational divisional committee of NHS Fife yesterday (Wednesday).

Mr O’Keefe told members that work on the new wing of the hospital was now focussing on internal works, with the keys due to be handed over on October 28.

Travel plans

He explained that progress had been made on the travel plans – liasing with Stagecoach on bus services and Fife Council on traffic regulation orders both inside and outwith the hospital site.

People parking on nearby Lauder Road were warned that double yellow lines have been painted on the north side of the street, with the south left clear for residents and different waiting restrictions imposed.

Dave Stewart, committee chairman, said that NHS Fife had nothing to do with the enforcement of the regulations which would be patrolled by traffic wardens and the police.

Other parking restrictions have also been placed on Dunnikier Road and Hayfield Road.

Members asked questions on bus services to the hospital, outlining problems in the past when few routes included the hospital, with patients and visitors experiencing problems.

Encourage

Mr O’Keefe responded saying: “We have done everything we can to encourage Stagecoach. We have put capital and work into the road that takes buses all the way into the hospital, and there’s not much more we can do to encourage bus services on the site.”

Mr Stewart added that there was no way NHS Fife could put any subsidy into bus services, given its current financial position.