New car park work to begin next month

WORK to build a new �7 million car park at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage will begin next month, as plans to close major services at the QE2 in WGC continue apace.

Once constructed, the multi-storey facility will provide 420 extra spaces for patients and their visitors.

Included in this total will be an additional 70 bays for the disabled.

Building work, which will be carried out by specialist contractor Vinci Park, is scheduled to finish next summer.

The East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, which runs the Lister and the QE2 hospitals, says the new car park is necessary to support the expansion of maternity and surgery facilities in Stevenage.

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Trust chief executive Nick Carver said: “The next 12 months will bring with it real parking challenges but it will be worth it once the new car park is ready.

“Once it is ready, the new car park will mean that we will have addressed the vast majority of the parking-related issues that our patients and their visitors have been telling me about for a number of years.”

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He added: “We continue to work on our plan to bring all the remaining inpatient and emergency services from the QE2 to the Lister that, once approved, should be completed by 2014/15 – by when the new outpatients and diagnostics hospital at the QE2 should also be ready.”

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