University, Hospital and Councils sign MOU to tackle traffic and car parking issues
This week, the University of Surrey, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford Borough Council and Surrey County Council have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve car parking and sustainable transport issues at the Hospital, the University’s Manor Park and Stag Hill sites and the Surrey Research Park. This will include the development and provision of permanent long and short-term car parking for essential staff and visitors of the Hospital.
“Both the University and the Hospital provide vital services, facilities, businesses and employment in the local area,” said Greg Melly, Vice-President of Enterprise and Growth at the University of Surrey.
“Together with the University’s Research Park, this cluster of activity forms one of the most significant economic, health and social support areas in this part of Surrey. Guildford does however have significant infrastructure challenges which need to be tackled in order to provide robust solutions to issues such as the Hospital’s car parking needs. Key to this is adopting a collaborative approach to short and long-term planning which is at the heart of this agreement.”
Alf Turner, Director of Organisational Transformation at Royal Surrey County Hospital said: “‘The Hospital, University and Borough Council are working on a solution as part of the collaborative initiative to improve the area’s access, particularly from the A3, and parking, which takes into account the need to keep traffic to and from the Research Park moving smoothly.
“This will soon see the Royal Surrey submitting a temporary application to expand one of its temporary car parks, pending a feasibility study to build a new permanent solution, including the option of a multi-story car park, over the next few years. This will also be coupled with other infrastructure and enhanced sustainable transport solutions to improve access that Guildford so badly needs.”
Matt Furniss, Guildford Borough Council Lead Councillor for Transport, Infrastructure and Environment, added: “This informal agreement will enable all parties to work collaboratively together to address areas of concern such as access, infrastructure works and parking. By working together we can find solutions and options for travel in and around these key sites in Guildford.”
Surrey County Council's Deputy Leader Peter Martin said: “By taking a one team approach, we’re all working in the best interests of Surrey residents – and this agreement signals our collective determination to make improvements.”