Date: 16th October 2017
IHEEM Healthcare Estates 2017
Matt Price MSc TPP MCIHT is an Associate Transport Planner with over 13 years of professional experience in both the public and private sectors and leads the Transport Planning services at our Nottingham office.
Starting his career at JMP, Matt developed an interest in Accessibility Planning and Smarter Choices. He later joined the Transport Strategy team at Nottingham City Council where he continued to lead elements of their Smarter Choices and LSTF programme. During this time, Matt also gained a MSc in Transport Planning at University of Leeds ‘ITS’.
Last week, Matt presented at the IHEEM 2017 Healthcare Estates, with a focus on generating revenue from capital assets & utilising car parking capacity to provide Park & Ride services. Matt said:
“Hospital’s site car parking availability, associated charges and general site access arrangements are never far from the media headlines, not only within trade magazines, but also local and national media outlets.
We have worked on behalf of a number of Hospital Trusts in the East Midlands and South East including the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust and the Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust with the aim of identifying and reducing onsite problems caused by traffic congestion and car parking availability. We have also undertaken a review of car parking charge regimes and considered how the supply of car parking can be better utilised to maximise service delivery, and how internal site configurations can be improved to reduce congestion and delay.
In each of the cases reviewed there were reported problems, both perceived and actual, which manifest themselves in site user’s frustration, an increase in DNA’s caused by delay and negative press coverage. It is also true that emergency access can be obstructed through onsite congestion with patient’s wellbeing being put at risk in extreme cases.
Through a combination of car parking accumulation surveys, site infrastructure reviews, Trust delivery and servicing plans, staff parking permit schemes, car parking charges and an assessment of the wider site access opportunities by sustainable travel modes, we shall present what measures can be developed to improve car parking efficiency whilst reducing risk and delay on site for users.
We shall present the methodology we employed to undertake the site reviews and how the outcomes were interpreted and implemented into minor site alterations and parking policy changes to improve the operational efficiencies of each site with respect to site access, circulation and car parking.”