Over the course of the past year, SPT investment included £30,000 to improve the road layout and markings to allow easier access to the stops for buses. The bus stop area was also resurfaced and drop kerbs were installed – making getting on and off buses safer and improving access for people with mobility requirements.
This work has made traffic management in and out of the hospital grounds easier and ensures that people using the services are able to be picked-up and dropped-off as close to the hospital doorway as possible.
These changes have also benefited taxi customers, creating a dedicated taxi waiting areas and they have also enabled NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to create additional disabled car parking spaces.
James Falconer, who has been attending the hospital regularly to visit a relative, said:
“It is definitely less congested around the entrance to the hospital and it is helpful to have more disabled parking spaces for dropping off my mum who can’t walk very far. It is easier to get in and out of the grounds now.”
£15,000 of the £53,000 investment came from the bus infrastructure fund to install two new large DDA compliant bus shelters, which have been a big hit.
Betty McMillian, a regular patient at the hospital, said: “It can get very windy here so it is great to have somewhere covered to sit and wait for the bus.”
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Groundsman, Charles Fisher, said: “It’s a massive improvement. There is a lot more space. The bus stops can get busy and this way everyone can get in out of the elements.”
In addition to the improvements outside of the hospital, £8,000 has been provided to put in place two information screens – one in the Accident and Emergency waiting area and one in the main reception – providing real-time bus information.
After hearing from the people using the facilities, Councillor David Wilson said:
“I am delighted to hear that the work being undertaken as a result of SPT’s investment is making a real difference for the patients, visitors and staff at Inverclyde Royal Hospital.
“There is a huge improvement. It makes using the bus to get to and from the hospital easier and more appealing and, where possible, I hope people use this option in place of their car.
“This project is an excellent example of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and SPT working together to provide improved access to healthcare. I understand that this partnership working is set to continue with a further £2,000 being invested to upgrade staff bike parking.”
Councillor Joe McIlwee, Chair of Inverclyde CHCP Sub-Committee, said:
“We’re very pleased to see the new improvements to bus infrastructure outside the Inverclyde Royal Hospital, which will benefit patients, visitors and staff. I would like to thank SPT for their investment in making these positive changes which will enable safer access for commuting to and from the hospital.”