Car park is finally open

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THe FIRST stage of the rebuild of Ripley Hospital’s heavily criticised car park was completed this week.

The layout of parking spaces at the site came under fire when it was opened last year as part of the £2.1m Butterly Ward extension.

Patients could not use a middle row of bays because they were inaccessible during busy periods.

It has been closed since May while works to redesign the layout are completed, but on Tuesday the 49 space main car park was reopened to patients and staff.

Work continues on three smaller car parks and a new barrier system, due to be completed by August 5.

The car park will be free to use but the barrier system will require patients to grab a token from the reception area.