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New safety measures to be introduced at West Cumberland Hospital's car park

Posted on Thursday 22nd December 2016
New safety measures to be introduced at West Cumberland Hospital's car park

New safety measures are being introduced in the car parks at the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven from Tuesday 3 January 2017.

In line with arrangements introduced at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle in July 2016, UK Parking Control (UKPC) will be patrolling the hospital site 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Parking Charges are being introduced for staff, patients and visitors should they park inappropriately as an incentive to ensure the hospital can operate safely. This will apply to all vehicles not parking in accordance with the rules as displayed in the car parks.This will include:

All vehicles must be parked only within marked bays

A valid pay and display ticket must be clearly displayed at all times

Disabled badge holders only in bays. A valid disabled badge must be clearly displayed at all times

No parking on red or yellow lines or in an area with hatched markings which would potentially block emergency access

No parking on pavements or grassed areas 

Drop off point 20 minute maximum stay

No parking in the contractors car park which is for branded vehicles working on site only

No parking in staff only areas 

Clear signage will be displayed notifying all car users of this change in policy.

Information on which car parks are available to patients and visitors is available on the Trust’s website at

Stephen Eames, chief executive at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said:

“When reviewing the provision of parking, our absolute priority is to ensure the safety of everyone who uses our hospitals therefore we are enforcing the rules which have always operated on site. This has worked well at the Cumberland Infirmary so we expect the same positive impact at West Cumberland Hospital.

“In addition, the second stage of redevelopment has now commenced at West Cumberland Hospital and access roads must be kept clear to allow essential equipment to arrive on site.”

The Parking Charges will be issued by UK Parking Control (UKPC) and once issued; they cannot be withdrawn or cancelled by the Trust or its PFI partner. Appeals can be made through UK Parking Control and the process will be detailed on the Parking Charge (the appeals process document can be accessed on the Trust’s website at ). The cost of a Parking Charge will be £40 if paid within 14 days and £70 thereafter in line with standard charges.

If a vehicle is found to be blocking access to the emergency services or parked on a clearway marked by double red lines, the vehicle may be removed via a registered external agency.