Better access and clearer roads at Western General

A NEW one-way system is set to come into effect at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital (WGH) this weekend, providing a solution to the ongoing traffic and access problems over the past decade.

NHS Lothian’s strategic review of traffic management identified the hospital as a priority due to an ever-increasing volume of traffic over the years, which in turn has led to safety and emergency access issues, as well as problems with on-site parking.

Now a scheme, that was approved by the City of Edinburgh Council in November 2006, to turn the main hospital drive into a one-way system will go live on Sunday, July 1st – while new parking locations and a parking-prohibited “red zone” will also become active.

George Curley, Head of Estates, NHS Lothian, said:

“Issues surrounding increased traffic, and vehicular and pedestrian access to the hospital’s main entrance, have been in need of an effective solution for some time now.
“This new system will ease the flow of vehicles by removing the congestion and gridlock caused by two-way traffic, while improving road safety for our patients while they are trying to access the hospital.
“By making significant changes to current parking provision, we are also offering more space to park, while safeguarding emergency accessibility with the prohibition of parking in emergency access zones.”

The new system will see the main hospital drive linking Telford Road to Crewe Road South become one-way, as well as the development of 36 additional parking spaces, including disabled parking at convenient locations, and a protected footpath for pedestrians.

The route has been designated as a “red zone” where parking is prohibited at all times to maintain emergency access. Measures including vehicle uplift will be implemented to ensure this is kept free of obstructions.

Vehicles wishing to use the main drive to access the Department of Clinical Neurosciences, the Regional Infectious Diseases Unit, the Main Block and the rear of the Alexander Donald Building and Anne Ferguson Building will, from July 1st, have to use the Telford Road entrance.

The Dialysis Unit will still be available from both Telford Road and Crewe Road South.

Vehicle drivers using the Crewe Road South entrance will see a new roundabout just beyond the main Cancer Centre car park (car park 3) which will direct traffic back in the direction of Crewe Road South.

The Porterfield Road entrance for Outpatients, Anne Ferguson Building, Alexander Donald Building and Acute Receiving Unit remains unaffected.