land behind the new site at Victoria Hospital is to be used immediately to provide extra parking for 170 cars.
And the additional temporary spaces, which are being leased by NHS Fife for use by hospital staff until the end of August, will free up more existing car parks for patients and visitors.
The development has been welcomed by Kirkcaldy MSP David Torrance who has been in contact with NHS Fife to try to find a solution to the problem after being contacted by a number of local residents.
“This will hopefully go some way toward alleviating some of the problems being experienced both by people trying to find parking and by residents in the streets surrounding the hospital whose lives are being disrupted,” said Mr Torrance.
“Together with the additional 300 spaces which will become available in the near future when the bridge is built linking the old and new parts of the hospital, and the site huts are removed, this will mean lots more spaces will be available.
“I would like to congratulate NHS Fife on moving so quickly to resolve these problems. This should benefit patients and visitors as well as residents.
“It is also good to see that public transport is being used by visitors. I hope this continues and improves over the coming months.”
A spokesman for NHS Fife said: “Approximately 170 additional car parking spaces have been made available for staff from Monday. They are situated on land next to car park K which is being leased on a temporary basis until the end of August.
“This is a short-term measure until further permanent car parking spaces are established. No extra land has been purchased.
‘‘This temporary car park is available during daytime hours only and can be reached from the Hayfield Road/Whyteman’s Brae junction taking the eastern access road south.”