BPA Park Active Guide for NHS Trusts

Published date: 23 Sep 2021

A positive choice for reducing hospital parking pressures 

Park Active can be a positive choice for reducing hospital parking pressures. It can help achieve this by:

  • using off-site available parking capacity 
  • offering a cost-effective alternative to new on-site parking
  • providing a solution best suited for habitual use by daytime staff
  • aligning with national & local policy to increase active trips
  • linking to £2billion government investment in active travel
  • reinforcing increased walking & cycling post-pandemic
  • reducing corporate & personal carbon footprint

Working in partnership locally The provision of Park Active as part of an NHS trust’s travel provision for staff or patients will need to identify off-site car parks and develop a relationship with parking operators of such sites. 

It will also be important to develop a relationship with local authority transport planners to understand how cycling and walking routes to hospitals are part of wider active travel routes. The BPA can help NHS trusts build these key relationships with off-site private and public parking operators and local authority transport planners.

Essential requirements

Car park operators wishing to include their car parks in the scheme to assist local hospitals, must meet the following essential requirements to use Park Active branding both on-site and in their communications:

• Car parks sites are chosen which will help to reduce levels of traffic, congestion, and parking occupancy in and around the intended destination by being immediately connected to a designated
walking and/or cycling route to the target hospital or other destinations.
• Park Active signage should be clearly displayed on the off-site car park and in all communications/ media in accordance with the Park Active Brand Manual.


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