Parking for patients and visitors at Warrington and Halton hospitals is set to become easier with a number of changes planned over the coming months. Under the plans, the main car parks at the hospital will become barrier controlled so they are solely for the use of patients and visitors. Additional disabled spaces will also be created close to main entrances and departments, and discounts for regular visitors and patients will be better advertised. Simon Wright, chief operating officer at Warrington and Walton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Our hospital public governors identified car parking as one of the main issues for people using the hospitals and have worked with us to develop the proposals so that we can redistribute the split of parking spaces between patients, visitors and staff more fairly." The measures mean there will be a new permit scheme introduced for staff based on where they live, whether they need their car for work and their proximity to public transport routes. The trust invested more than £1m two years ago to create new car parks at the rear of the Warrington Hospital site and to lease an off-site car park for extra staff parking.