A new multi-storey car park has opened at Southmead Hospital offering patients and visitors an additional 200 spaces on site.
Beaufort Car Park is the first of the ‘new hospital’ buildings and has more than 300 spaces for patients and visitors.
Until 2014, when the new hospital opens its doors, it will offer a mix of staff and public parking.
Patients and visitors can access it via Beaufort Way – staff have their own entrance and exit.
The car park also includes 17 new disabled parking spaces and is fully accessible with two lifts to take people between floors.
Martin Warren, Project Manager, said: “We know that parking at Southmead has been difficult over the last year-and-a-half as we moved spaces around and demolished buildings to clear the site.
“The opening of the car park means that we now have more public spaces at Southmead than ever before.
“This should considerably improve things for patients and visitors coming to the hospital by car.”
Beaufort Car Park is open 24-hours a day, seven days a week. It operates, just like the rest of North Bristol NHS Trust’s car parks, using a pay and display system.
Parking charges will be exactly the same as the rest of the Trust.
The opening of the new car park sees the closure of the temporary public car park by the mini roundabout at the junction of Monks Park Way/Dorian Way/Tyndalls Way.
This area will now form part of the building site.
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