Eric Tessmann reads a council note taped to a Pring St parking meter.
Eric Tessmann reads a council note taped to a Pring St parking meter. Claudia Baxter

Patients win three-hour parks

NEW parking meters in the Ipswich medical precinct will be reprogrammed to provide three hour stays and will operate as soon as signage is changed.

Mayor Paul Pisasale said the first meeting with Ipswich and St Andrew's hospital representatives was very successful in coming up with a solution to the thorny issue.

"I want to thank residents, doctors and specialists in the medical precinct for their feedback and it is clear this is a more workable time period for regulated parking in this area," Cr Pisasale said

"Both hospitals are currently working on the provision of more on-site parking and have made alternative arrangements for staff parking until this can be delivered.

"Both appreciate the need for parking turnover within the Ipswich health precinct and believe the three-hour stay was more realistic for both patients and visitors who could not find a park on site at either hospital."

West Moreton health service district executive director Ray Chandler said Queensland Health was planning to add extra paid car parking to complement the current car park and the plans for this should be released in the first half of next year.

"The free Ipswich Hospital shuttle bus service provided in partnership with council through utilising parking spaces at Limestone Park has been incredibly successful, with 1200 to 1300 people per week using the service," Mr Chandler said.

St Andrew's Hospital manager Chris Went said the hospital was redeveloping further parking within the hospital grounds at 47 Thorn St.

"Staff are currently parking at Limestone Park and we have organised our own shuttle bus service to transport them to and from the hospital," she said.

"This has meant the car parking spaces in our current car park site have been kept available for patients and their visitors."



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