Canterbury District Health Board’s free hospital shuttle will run from the new Deans Avenue carpark from Monday 24 August.
With 200 carparks for patients and visitors and up to 150 staff car parks, the new Deans Avenue carpark provides clean, sealed, lit and secure parking, as well as a covered stop for those waiting for the shuttle.
“We’re aware that it’s not always easy for our patients and visitors to get a park in the Lichfield St car park. With the Deans Ave car park there will be ample parking spaces for patients and visitors with reliable and regular transport for them to and from the hospital with our shuttle service,” says Canterbury District Health Board Chief Executive David Meates.
The free hospital shuttle runs every 15 minutes, from 7.15am to 8.30pm Monday to Friday and 11.00am to 8.00pm weekends, with a lunch break on weekends for the driver from 2.30 pm to 3.15pm when no shuttle will operate.
A new and sophisticated ticketing system will be installed, similar to that used at Lichfield St and rates will be slightly lower than those charged currently.
“We are returning to a location that is already familiar – although much improved – and the Deans Ave location means patients and visitors can avoid the city centre when travelling to their appointments. The car park will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and will be well lit and secure.
“The journey time on the shuttle should be the same as from Lichfield St or slightly quicker, as there are fewer traffic lights for the shuttles to negotiate,” Mr Meates says.
For more information visit cdhb.health.nz/parking.