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The road to better healthcare

Thursday, 03 July, 2014
The road to better healthcare

Work is now underway on the main access road that will lead to Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital in Cramlington, Northumberland.

These works are part of the £1million improvements on and around the site that will provide better and safer access to the new hospital for ambulances, visitors and staff.  

This initial work on the site is part of the planning conditions agreed with Northumberland County Council as part of the successful planning application granted in October 2011.

These works will improve the junction of the southbound slip road onto Lamb Street and create a new safer pedestrian crossing.  The junction at Lamb Street and Front Street is also being improved with the introduction of traffic lights which will help to minimise congestion at this busy junction.

The Trust is funding a £100,000 travel plan that aims to minimise the impact of travel on the environment by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases, minimising health risks and reducing congestion. 

Many staff at Northumbria are keen cyclists and travel by bicycle to their local hospital and to encourage this the Trust offers a range of incentives through their Cycle to Work scheme.  An interest free loan will be offered to buy season tickets. 

Part of the improvements will be new road marking and improved signage to highlight new pedestrian and cycleway routes to the new hospital.

A shuttle service will be provided from Cramlington shopping centre and Northumberland Park Metro to the new hospital.   Cash will also go into providing new cycle storage at Cramlington Station and the Metro station.  Pool cycles will be available at the new site.

The new hospital will have cycle storage with showers and changing facilities for staff. Bicycles will continue to be offered to staff through the Trust’s Cycle to Work scheme.

Travel Plan Coordinator for the scheme Andrea Stoker said: “We have listened to the public and our staff and their views and ideas have been fed into the travel plan.   We are delighted that improvements to road and links to cycleways are now underway.”