NEW SPACES: Construction has started on the new car park in Victoria Park opposite the hospital, with 34 spaces to be added.
NEW SPACES: Construction has started on the new car park in Victoria Park opposite the hospital, with 34 spaces to be added. Michael Cormack

End to hospital parking woe

FRUSTRATED drivers, patients and staff members have expressed their joy after construction began on a new car park across the road from the Warwick Hospital.

The new car park will feature 34 spaces, adding much-needed relief for many patients who say they have had to circle the current car park endlessly or walk from hundreds of metres away. The new car park takes space from Victoria Park.

Resident Kathleen Cuskelly said parking was currently at a premium.

"I think it will be much needed," she said.

"I've had to walk over 100m from my car to the hospital, which isn't that bad for me, but that would be difficult for older people.

"I think it's fairly important, I look forward to it going in."

One hospital worker, who did not want to be named, said it was much needed, with a struggle for parking spots every day.

"I see cars struggling to find somewhere to park every day," he said.

"You see people driving around continually, or they end up having to walk from a fair way away.

"The new car park should be hugely beneficial."

Lynette Govier, who does not drive but has regular appointments at the hospital, said she had noticed the squeeze.

"My daughter or friends have to go around several times to find a park when they bring me here," she said.

"From what I've seen, it's certainly not easy to find a space.

"The new car park will be great, I think.

"People either don't want to walk or sometimes, due to circumstances, they can't."

The Southern Downs Regional Council is behind the project and a spokeswoman said the car park extension was expected to be completed by the end of the month.

"The car park being constructed opposite the Warwick Hospital will have 34 car parks and is due for completion by the end of May," she said.

"There will be some minor disruption to traffic in Locke Street (between Wallace and William streets) during these works.

"The car park extension takes up area of about 900 square metres.

"The car park was a request of Warwick Hospital management."



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