“The use of car park barriers at the RAH could have a serious impact on the road network surrounding the hospital as well as for other vehicles trying to access the hospital including buses, patient transport and even emergency vehicles,” said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest) commenting on the plan by Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board to start operating barriers at the main public car park at the Royal Alexandra Hospital by the end of April 2019.
The Health Board paid around £17,000 to install the barriers back in 2017 but they haven’t been used until now. However, following a delayed response to a Freedom of Information request from Cllr Kenny MacLaren, the Health Board has confirmed that the barriers at the main car park entrance will be manned at early morning peak time to deter staff from parking in patient/ visitor spaces.
There is a concern that the use of these barriers will lead to a build-up of traffic on the access road to the hospital and potentially causing traffic problems on Corsebar Road. This could also create problems for other vehicles accessing the hospital including buses, patient transport and even emergency vehicles.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:
“I suspect the use of the car park barriers at certain times will have an impact on the local road network with traffic potentially queued back onto Corsebar Road. I would also have serious concerns about access to the hospital for other road users including emergency vehicles if the barriers create a build-up of traffic on the main access road to the RAH.
“There appears to have been no consultation with the public over this issue and I suspect little or no consultation with staff if the Health Board’s past record is anything to go by.
“I am not convinced that this is the best option to manage the car parks within the RAH.
“There is a further concern that in a previous FOI request the Chief Executive of the Health Board referred to a recently commissioned transport review for the RAH, yet the FOI team could only find a report from 2014! Is the Chief Executive hiding information from the public or does she believe a report that is around 5 years old is sufficient evidence for the implementation of these barriers?”