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Hospital parking woes continue

By GnT 2 October 2007 22

After a serious backflip on pay parking at hospitals due to public demand, we are now dealing with the consequences of that decision. It’s impossible to find a park.

Anyone and everyone including workers at Woden and Belconnen can now take advantage of the free parking that is provided just minutes from their workplaces. Genuine hospital patients and visitors are finding it stressful to drive around and around with no places available.

The obvious solution is to make people pay for parking to discourage office workers using that space. Oh wait – we tried that and it wasn’t popular. Any other ideas?

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JC 8:14 pm 04 Oct 07

Yeah paid parking is the only way, but as pointed out it needs to be pay at the end, not pay and display as they did. As someone suggested few hours free, then charge ranging up to the max for the area. If you are a patient, then do as some shopping centres do (and I think the tradies club at Dickson), get validation inside for free parking. Easy, but yes it requires gates and staff, which costs money.

iceu 6:42 pm 03 Oct 07

Pay parking didn’t make it any easier to park at the hospital. When I visited, I still drove around and around to no avail, nearly missing my appointment.

Since then I’ve been parking in the nearby streets and walking. Doesn’t do much good for my lung function tests when I get inside. There was a lady last time I was there on 24hr oxygen who has to book the earliest appointments just so she can get a park close enough for her to walk.

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