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Surrey Heath MP calls for "intolerable" traffic near Frimley Park Hospital to be tackled

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Surrey Heath MP calls for "intolerable" traffic near Frimley Park Hospital to be tackled

Published by Lettie Buxton at 5:33am 11th March 2020. (Updated at 8:47am 11th March 2020)

A Surrey MP has called for further action to tackle congestion around Frimley Park Hospital.

Michael Gove, MP for Surrey Heath, recently described the traffic as being "appalling" and "intolerable".

He said he has written to the chief executive of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, Neil Dardis, and is working with councillors to find a "permanent solution".

A spokesperson for Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust said congestion on Portsmouth Road is a long-standing issue:

"We welcome any assistance Mr Gove can provide to improve the situation.

"In recent years we have invested millions of pounds to improve car parking and access at our sites, including substantial off-site parking for staff, and we are exploring a number of further options and ideas to improve traffic flow with the local authority.

"Other measures we are taking include:

  • Developing more services at more accessible venues
  • Sustainable travel incentives for staff, including our Cycle to Work scheme
  • Open visiting hours, so friends and relatives can come to see loved ones at less busy times.

"We are also working closely with our healthcare partners to provide more of our services in the community, closer to people’s homes, and this will increase into the future.

"In the meantime, we thank Mr Gove for his offer of assistance and are happy to work with him and our other partners to find a viable, long-term solution."

A Surrey County Council spokesperson said they are "aware of the issues" and are working with partners to "look at any feasible measures to improve the situation".