Long walk to QE2 Hospital

SIR – I read the article about the use of the King George V Playing Field s car park with interest. As frequent visitor to the hospital I use this car park whenever I can and it is very easy to park in. It is very useful if you are only paying a

SIR - I read the article about the use of the King George V Playing Field's car park with interest.

As frequent visitor to the hospital I use this car park whenever I can and it is very easy to park in.

It is very useful if you are only paying a flying visit to the hospital and not intending to stay for the two hours that your parking ticket will allow.

However, the walk from the car park to the hospital is not without difficulties and I believe could be improved in several ways.


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The first problem relates to your other article about the state of hedges, etc, as it is very difficult to make the journey without risking getting your eye poked out by the overhanging shrubbery in Beehive Lane soon after you leave the car park.

The second hazard to negotiate is the bus lay-by. The pedestrian footpath shrinks to about two feet wide just after the bus stop which creates difficulties should another person be coming in the opposite direction. There seems no reason for the narrowness of the path as there is plenty of room for a wider one.

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The third challenge is to cross Howlands.

In a town that seems to grow traffic lights and transplant them at every opportunity, I would suggest that a light controlled pedestrian crossing at this location would be worth a consideration. (I would suggest a plain zebra crossing as most people seem to understand how they work, but our council seems to treat road users as lacking this sense. I remember the days when there were no traffic lights at all in WGC and that was not that long ago).

There is a pedestrian refuge in the middle of the road which does help as long as there are not many other people attempting to cross the road.

Then there is the last part of the journey to negotiate - the entrance path to the hospital doors. It starts off quite respectable and well-defined at the Howlands end, but soon degenerates in width over a very small zebra crossing near the pathology department and finally to a tiny path almost blocked by a concrete flower planter (possibly to prevent cars parking too close) before finally loosing any identity at all.

Drivers could be encouraged to park further away from the hospital if it were less of a challenge to reach it.

AlanWillison, Westcott, WGC.

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