Scunthorpe hospital's park and ride to open to patients

Park and Ride bus turning round a corner
Image caption The hospital's park and ride service was set up by the trust in 2009

A park and ride service for staff at a North Lincolnshire hospital is to open to patients and visitors after complaints of car parking problems.

The bus service transports about 300 staff between Glanford Park and Scunthorpe General Hospital.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust said it listened to patients' complaints about the lack of spaces at its 275-capacity car park.

It has agreed to open up the service to hospital visitors from Monday.

The hospital's weekday park and ride service was set up by the trust in 2009 in a drive to free up more parking spaces for patients and visitors.

'Improve accessibility'

But some patients and visitors complained of having to wait for empty parking spaces.

Nigel Myhill, from the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals Trust, said: "For the last three years we've been working on various schemes to try improve car parking for patients, visitors and staff.

"We've had quite a lot of patients and visitors asking to be able to use what is a staff facility.

"So we've now opened up our park and ride to patients and visitors."

Two buses will run every 20 minutes between the park and ride site and the hospital between 0830 and 1750, Monday to Friday.

The journey would take six minutes and cost 50p return, the trust said.

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