Work is now progressing on the next stage of car park improvements at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Around 30 additional spaces are being provided by realigning bays on the former tennis courts, close to the helipad.
A major phase of work is planned to get under way at the beginning of December, subject to approval by the Trust’s Board of Directors. This will involve moving the earth bank that currently separates the main car park from the A149 by-pass. Shifting the bank closer to the road will free-up space for creation of an estimated 170 additional parking spaces.
This work, which will take up to two months to complete, will involve felling trees and the temporary loss of a small number of existing parking bays at the helipad end of the car park. This will create a site access for earth-moving machinery, leaving the remainder of the bays in that row still available for parking.
Head of Capital Works Jon Flack said: “There is a popular misconception that the earth bank serves as a noise barrier. In fact it is just the spoil heap left over from construction of the hospital. There is quite a bit of land between the earth bank and the by-pass and the plan is to move the bank closer to the road.”
Richard Humphries, for The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Trust