The first 200 of an additional 740 car spaces at John Hunter Hospital have opened ahead of schedule.
The first and second stages of the five-stage car park development are almost complete providing an additional 209 car parks for patients, visitors and staff.
Hunter New England Health Chief Executive Michael Dirienzo said he’s proud to have delivered such an exciting project.
“Access to parking is an important issue for the community and I am so pleased to be able to deliver these additional car parks, ahead of schedule,” Mr DiRienzo said.
Once complete the $10-million car park extension will bring the total number of car parking spaces at the John Hunter campus to more than 3,400,” he said.
Mr DiRienzo said the remaining three stages will be open within the coming months.
“This is the biggest enhancement to John Hunter Hospital car parking since the facility opened in 1991.”
Meanwhile planning is progressing for the new car park at Calvary Mater Newcastle with the project put out to tender earlier this month. A tenderer is expected to be appointed shortly with work to start after Easter.
“Parking will be boosted by about 270 spaces when the new car parking facility opens in the second half of 2015,” Mr DiRienzo said.
“The car park will be used as staff car parking, which will free up spaces closer to the hospital for patients, their families and visitors.
The John Hunter and Calvary Mater campuses are two of the District’s busiest sites with many thousands of people working in and visiting the hospitals every year.
“The additional car spaces will make a big difference to patients, their families and visitors, alleviating the pressure of trying to find a car park,” he said.