Hospital precinct car parking changes

Council is creating 350+ new car parking spaces in the busy Hospital Precinct, introducing premium paid parking and extending time-limits on some existing car parking spaces to create a better mix of short, medium and long-term parking to balance the needs of:

  • Those visiting patients in hospital
  • Those attending specialist appointments and day clinics
  • Hospital staff
  • Other business owners and their customers

The additional car parking spaces will be created in two stages over the 2017/18 and 2018/19 financial years, in the following locations:

  • Charles Street, 30
  • Gatton Street, 20
  • Grafton Street, 35
  • Kerwin Street, 20
  • Lake Street, 150
  • Minnie Street, 95

The  majority of the new car parking spaces will be created in new centre median areas. Further spaces will be made by changing kerbside parking from angle to 90 degree.

The final number of car park spaces will depend on a number of factors including the impact on businesses and residents.

Where works are being done, Council will take the opportunity to also seal road shoulders to create better parking options. As these spaces are not new, they are not included in the 350+ parking gain.

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Hospital Precinct parking improvements

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Map showing changes to car parking in the Cairns Hospital Precinct Map showing existing parking in the Cairns Hospital Precinct

Stage 1

Stage one works will start in November and will be completed in the 2017/18 financial year subject to consultation with affected land owners, final design and weather.

Gatton Street (McLeod to Sheridan)

  • About 20 new car parking space
  • Majority of spaces in new centre median
  • Kerbside parking spaces change from angle to 90 degree
  • All car parking spaces to be 8-hour free
  • New landscaping

Kerwin Street (Lake to Esplanade)

  • About 20 new car parking spaces
  • Convert to one-way street with traffic flow from Lake Street toward the Esplanade
  • Parallel bays converted to angle bays
  • All car parking spaces to be 3-hour paid

Lake Street (Grove to Upward)

  • About 60 new car parking spaces
  • Majority of spaces created in new centre median
  • Majority of kerbside parking spaces change from angle to 90 degree
  • Centre median parking spaces, 4-hour free
  • Kerb-side parking mix of 8-hour free and 4-hour free
  • Changed traffic conditions, left turn only from Gatton onto Lake
  • New u-turn option near Grove Street
  • New landscaping

Minnie Street (McLeod to Sheridan)

  • About 25 new car parking spaces
  • Majority of spaces created in new centre median
  • Majority of car parking spaces, centre median and kerb-side on both sides of the street, to be 8-hours free
  • New landscaping

Stage 2

Charles Street (Sheridan to Lake)

  • About 30 new car parking space
  • Majority of spaces created in new centre median
  • All car parking spaces, centre median and kerb-side on both sides of the street, to be 8-hours free
  • Some kerb-side parking spaces change from angle to 90 degree

Grafton Street (Upward to Minnie)

  • About 35 new car parking spaces
  • Majority of new car parking spaces in new centre median
  • Kerb-side parking spaces change from angle to 90 degree
  • All car parking spaces, centre median and kerb-side on both sides of the street, to be 8-hours free
  • New u-turns at both ends of the block
  • New landscaping

Lake Street (McKenzie to Grove)

  • About 90 new car parking spaces
  • Majority of spaces created in new centre median
  • Car parking spaces between Charles and McKenzie, centre median and kerb-side on both sides of the street, to be 8-hours free
  • Car parking spaces between Charles and Grove, centre median and kerb-side on both sides of the street, to be 4-hours free
  • Formalising kerb-side parking to 90 degree
  • New landscaping

Minnie Street (Sheridan to Abbott)

  • About 70 new car parking spaces
  • Majority of spaces created in new centre median
  • Some kerb-side parking spaces change from angle to 90 degree
  • Majority of parking spaces, centre median and kerb-side on both sides of the street, to be 8-hours free
  • New u-turn option near Lake Street
  • New landscaping

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Last updated: 31 October 2017