Travel and transport
We know how important it is to make it as easy as possible for people to get to the new hospital. Its location in central Liverpool will make it much simpler for the majority of Merseyside and Cheshire's residents to access than our Wirral site.
Road access to the site
Access to the cancer centre site will be via a new access from West Derby Street. We are in the process of developing proposals with the local Highways office.
People arriving at the new cancer hospital by car will simply enter the health campus from West Derby Street directly to the pick-up/drop-off outside our main entrance and adjacent dedicated undercroft parking. Staff will have a separate car park.
Parking for our patients and their visitors will be free and we plan to have approximately 100 spaces. Our parking spaces will be protected e.g. via barrier controls. Work on our permanent parking can only begin after the old Royal has been demolished to create space. In the interim, there will be around 30 free spaces (including blue badge) near our main entrance with the remaining spaces close by. These spaces will be on site and we are also considering a shuttle bus to and from the entrance, depending on the distance. There will be at least 350 dedicated staff parking spaces, with 350 interim spaces until wider site work is complete.
Public transport and taxis
The new hospital will be well connected to rail and bus networks, unlike our Wirral site. A significant proportion of our staff are likely to use public transport. There will be a bus route from Prescot Street through the health campus site and bus stops close to the cancer centre (see map). We plan to install real-time bus information in the main entrance.
Liverpool Lime Street and Central Station are both under a mile away and there are newspaper reports that in future a new train station could be built to serve the university area. There will be convenient pick-up and drop-off points for taxis immediately next to our main entrance.
Ambulance and PTS (patient transport service)
There will be dedicated drop-off and pick-up spaces for non-emergency ambulances (including ambulance cars) immediately next to our main entrance. Ambulance patients arriving or leaving the cancer centre by trolley will enter and leave in privacy by a separate entrance at the rear of the building on West Derby Street, away from main public routes.
Cycling and green travel initiatives
There will be cycle parking for patients/public and a secure, covered and lit cycle storage area for staff. We will also use other green travel initiatives to encourage walking and cycling (e.g. cycle to work schemes), car-sharing, and season ticket packages. We will work with Mersey Travel to encourage and develop travel by public transport to the hospital.
Accessibility & inclusivity
The new hospital will be welcoming and inclusive for people of all backgrounds and abilities. It will be fully accessible for people in wheelchairs, deaf and hard-of-hearing people, and blind and visually-impaired people. There will be baby-changing and baby-feeding facilities and changing space for use by adults with complex physical or mental disabilities. Blue badge parking will be provided.
Signage and the interior design will aim to enhance the care environment for people with special needs including learning disabilities, visual impairment and dementia, and we have worked with patient representatives on this. We are keen to ensure the new hospital is dementia-friendly. We would very much welcome additional views from people with experience of disabilities and special needs who can help us ensure the hospital is accessible and inclusive.
There will also be a non-denominational contemplation space for personal reflection and prayer.