Access roads to and from the rear of the West Suffolk Hospital site in Hardwick Lane, Bury St Edmunds, will be fitted with a new access control system featuring automatic number plate recognition barriers, in a bid to control and regulate in a more accurate manner access to the hospital premises.
As a media source reveals, hospital management believes that the new access system will give them a better understanding of how their facilities are used. Apparently, the ANPR-enabled barriers, set to be put in place later on this year, will be programmed with details of vehicles belonging to staff and other regular users so that they open automatically.
Hospital visitors, on the other hand, will have to get a chip coin and pay at the parking machine. Drivers who qualify for free parking will also be able to validate their coin in order to be able to leave the premises without being charged and a 30-minute leeway will also be in place for anyone who wants to come onto the site for a short time.
Jan Bloomfield, executive director of workforce and communications at West Suffolk Hospital, said: “For some time, demand for our car parking spaces has outstripped supply, making it difficult for people to find spaces at peak times.”
“Installation of the new barriers will also give us important information about the way our car parks are being used by patients and staff, which we will review six months after their introduction with a view to revising our current tariffs. This comes after we took steps to significantly reduce the maximum amount anyone pays for visiting the hospital from £15.10 to £7.60” he added.
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