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University Hospital Wales, Cardiff

Project Description

Vectos is retained by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (CVUHB) to provide transport planning and highway advice relating to the University Hospital of Wales site, Cardiff.

This is a busy site with large volumes of traffic (16,000+ vehicles) across the day. The site has numerous entrances operating for 24 hours with patients, staff, emergency services and public transport providers. There are numerous public car parks within the site and these car parks are generally at capacity for most of the day corresponding with staff patterns (including shift changeovers) and visiting times. The consequence of this is that congestion typically occurs within the Gateway causing the hospital to grid lock at certain times of the day.

Our Approach

We developed a comprehensive movement strategy for the University Hospital Wales, Cardiff to improve traffic flow, circulation and car park egress. The hospital has numerous vehicle access points and given its location near the strategic highway network has become an attractive route for rat running traffic which accounts for more than 7000 vehicles per day, about half of the total movements within the site. We devised a series of ANPR surveys to identify the trend, and developed options to restrict rat running traffic including physical measures such as closing links and access points to the Hospital. Working closely with the Director of Estates and the local highway authority, we developed a strategy which was balanced against all users with proposals for improved pedestrian linkages and car park control / egress.

Our proposals have been implemented on site and ‘rat running’ traffic levels have reduced.