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New park and ride to free up parking at Oxford hospital

A new park-and-ride site for hospital staff could be created to cut congestion at the John Radcliffe Hospital site in Oxford, according to the county's transport chief.

Oxfordshire County Council cabinet member for transport David Nimmo Smith has stated that highway officers are in the process of talking to trust managers about the possibility of introducing a new park-and-ride system to relieve pressure on the hospital parking.

The move comes two months after health watchdog Patient Voice warned that some of the hospital's patients were missing appointments due to a lack of parking space on and around the site.

According to Mr Nimmo Smith, the plans are currently only in the initial stages of development but are expected to be discussed within the council in the following few months.

"Clearly, for patients and visitors, there are not enough spaces and some patients have missed their appointments," he said. "The site could be used by hospital staff and visitors, and you could then reduce the number of staff spaces at the John Radcliffe Hospital, to create more spaces for visitors."

The plan has also gained support from city council leader Bob Price, who has praised the initial concept. However, he has also stated that hospital visitors should not rule out the possibility of the creation of additional parking directly on the hospital sites.

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