Glan Clwyd Park and Ride making a real difference to access issues

Real improvements to parking problems that have plagued Ysbyty Glan Clwyd have been seen since the opening of the Park and Ride scheme operating from the near point Hotpoint Site in Bodelwyddan.

The scheme was first conceived by Labour AM Vale of Clwyd, Ann Jones who worked with the local health board and the Welsh Government to ensure the scheme could become a reality.

Ms Jones said: “Freeing up spaces has made access a lot easier for patients and visitors. Staff have really have taken this new park and ride scheme up. I am delighted to see it has been a success and that the health board has committed to keeping my suggestion in place as it is brining benefits for all who need to use the hospital.

“Problems still exist and I am pleased that the health board has agreed to continue working on the issues by looking at improving public transport to the hospital.

“We need a permanent solution but I am pleased to see progress being made”.

The Chief Executive of the Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board, Dr Peter Higson has written to Ms Jones to update her on the usage of the park and ride. The number of users has risen substantially since the scheme into operation. He also noted that the health board was working with Denbighshire County Council to improve enforcement activity to tackle illegal parking in and around the site. The health board is also looking to increase frequency of public transport to the hospital and have the park and ride open later to ensure more staff can make use of it.