Work Starts to Extend Gravel Pit Staff Car Park

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Work starts on Monday 12th February 2024 to extend the Gravel Pit Car Park, which will provide 176 new spaces for staff on the land to the east of the current car park area. The work will also include the creation of a retaining wall and ramp to accommodate the 9 m height difference, as well as new lighting and CCTV.

plan view map of the new gravel car park location

Work will continue for approximately 18-20 weeks with all spaces open by early July 2024, although the first phase (creating a minimum of 88 spaces) will open by the end of May 2024.

Up to 30 spaces will be lost for the duration of the project.  For three weeks in March, while the retaining wall is constructed, more than 60 spaces will be closed for a period of 3 weeks.

Staff parking in the Gravel Pit car park are reminded to heed the safety signs and to park only in allocated bays.  Colleagues are also asked to use the Park and Ride if they are able, which may provide a quicker route on and off the site. Anyone who does opt to suspend their permit during the works will receive a full refund for the time it is out of use.

This work to the Gravel Pit car park marks the start of a wider programme to improve, extend and reallocate spaces across the Royal Cornwall Hospital site, and is a key enabler for the new Women and Children’s Hospital programme. 

For more information, please watch the film:  Gravel Pit Car Park Update (

If you have any concerns or questions, please email

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