Working together to improve traffic flow around hospital
Posted on Thursday 2nd August 2018
The Royal Bournemouth Hospital (RBH) and Bournemouth Council are working together to help improve traffic flow and road safety in and around the Hospital.
Key issues that are being addressed include improved emergency access for ambulances entering and leaving the site, together with improved access for patients leaving the Hospital, especially at peak times.
Options under consideration include changes to traffic signals, increased road markings and more signage. In addition, developments in new technology are being investigated which could lead to a possible trial of the latest traffic monitoring and incident detection equipment along Castle Lane East.
This work is in addition to the Council’s plans to build a new link road and junction directly from the A338 to connect with the Wessex Fields business park and provide a second access to Royal Bournemouth Hospital. A planning application for the new junction has been submitted.
As hospital services across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole continue to change, the Council is working closely with RBH on the development of its master plan for the site. As the range of services provided from the Hospital site as well as staff numbers are set to increase, the potential impact of additional traffic on local roads is being carefully considered and planned.
Discussions are continuing with RBH and other major employers in the area on more sustainable travel options for their staff through the Business Travel Network.
Cllr John Beesley, Leader of the Council, said: “We recognise that staff, patients and visitors have real concerns about the flow of road traffic in the area. Through collaborative working and strong partnership arrangements, we are identifying a range of practical improvements that should make a real difference.”
Tony Spotswood, CEO of The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “It is vital for our patients, visitors and staff that they are able to have easy access to and from Royal Bournemouth Hospital. There have been some occasions recently where traffic has been held up for a considerable time which is unacceptable. We urgently need to see improvements and this is the work we are jointly focused on.”