Canterbury District Health Board's popular hospital shuttle service for patients and hospital visitors will shift from the Deans Avenue car park to Christchurch City Council's Lichfield Street Car Park building from 2 July.
The new car park is at 33 Lichfield Street, opposite the Justice Precinct and only a short distance from the hospital.
The DHB has made this move, in conjunction with the Council, to ensure that hospital visitors and patients can benefit from the brand-new car park facilities at the Lichfield Street Car Park building. It will make for a more pleasant and stress-free parking experience and – crucially on wet winter days – it is all under cover and well lit.
Canterbury DHB Chief Executive David Meates says, "We set up our original hospital shuttle service back in October 2014 as a temporary stop-gap to ease our hospital parking problems, and we've transported nearly one million passengers since then.
We know that parking at the hospital is still very difficult and will remain so until a replacement for the old blue public car park is built. Until that time we will continue to run a hospital shuttle to and from the Lichfield Street Car Park building to ensure that people get to their hospital appointments on time.
I'm very pleased to announce this great improvement in our service – our thanks to the Council for the opportunity and for working with us towards this solution."
Christchurch City Council Chief Executive Dr Karleen Edwards says, "I'm delighted to partner with the DHB to get this initiative up and running. It makes perfect sense, and I'm thrilled the Council is able to assist."
How to catch the shuttle
The shuttle is easy to use. Drive in at 33 Lichfield Street, take a ticket, park anywhere there's a space, and catch a ride to Christchurch Hospital from the waiting area on Level 2A.
The shuttle will bring you back to Level 2A after your appointment
Pay before you return to your car, and drive out.
The parking building has lifts and stairs between all floors. The pay station on the ground floor takes cash and cards, or use the pay station on Level 2A for cards only.
Prefer to walk? It's roughly a 10 minute walk from Lichfield Street Car Park building to the hospital. While roadworks are going on, the best route is along Tuam Street.
For more information, see cdhb.health.nz/parking or call 0800 555 300.
For parking rates, see ccc.govt.nz/carpark
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