Task group set up to tackle Royal Preston parking

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A task group has been set up to try to tackle major traffic and parking issues at Royal Preston Hospital.

Preston Council has set up the cross-party “task and finish group”, which met for the first time last week to discuss the problems in the area.

The group has interviewed council bosses and community representatives, in an attempt to work to cut the congestion.

Chairman of the group Coun Drew Gale said: “We are going to speak to a number of subject matter experts - Lancashire County Council who are responsible for highways, the hospital asking about shift patterns, how many people use the car park and travel plans, and ward councillors.

“We’ll be looking at the environmental impact, and see if there are any recommendations we can put to the council or write to Lancashire County Council or the hospital.

“It is causing issues for residents, and it has done for many years.

“It is getting worse, so we are looking into it in a lot more depth and detail to see if we can see what’s causing it and how we can alleviate some of the issues.”

At the first meeting on Thursday, the task group spoke to the council’s environmental health manager, Chris Hodson, as well as ward councillors.

Coun David Walker, who represents Sharoe Green ward, was interviewed by the task group.

He said: “What we need to identify are the issues which are people parking in residential areas and traffic congestion around the Black Bull Lane area. The possible solutions are residential permit parking with enforcement officers, the logistics of the entrance and exit at the hospital need looking at, and the logistics of appointments and the staffing schedules. Four wards are affected collectively, Sharoe Green, Greyfriars, Gollege and Garrison.”

The study is predicted to take up to six months.