LIGHTNING storms have delayed delivery of two new MRI scanners to Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital.
Neighbors were expecting road closures last weekend to allow cranes – in position on Eastern Road – to be used to deliver equipment to the new building.
The scanners were due after the first new MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scanner was delivered and installed over the August bank holiday weekend in what is currently known as the ‘3Ts Building’.
The storms have meant deliveries have been delayed – and the scanners are now due to arrive towards the end of this month.
The news emerged at a meeting of the hospital liaison group on Monday night, when neighbors expressed their concerns to the hospital’s bosses.
They said signs were still in place warning of road closures on Saturday 3 September and Sunday 4 September.
Richard Beard, of University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust, which runs the Royal Sussex, said: “It will come as no surprise that erecting a 350 tonne crane during a thunderstorm is not the best way forward.
“We’ll have to wait until the end of the month, which will involve the closure of Eastern Road.”
Mr Beard said the introduction of the MRI scanners was a “milestone” in preparing the new building for opening next year.
He has asked contractors to remove signs from nearby bus stops after a local resident said neighbors were expecting a diversion next weekend because the previous closure didn’t happen.
Traffic would be diverted from Eastern Road along Abbey Road, along St George’s Road and then back up Eaton Place to rejoin Eastern Road.
Labor Councilor Nancy Platts, chair of the Hospital Liaison Group, asked about parking closures on St George’s Road.
Cllr Platts, who represents East Brighton Township, said she was surprised to see drivers parked along the road during the diversion.
People also complained to her that they weren’t sure where to catch buses during an earlier diversion in July when the road was closed to allow 300 tons of soil to be delivered. The soil was used to fill planters on the new building’s outdoor patios.
She said: “Last time they didn’t close off street parking. A situation arose where buses could not pass each other because of parked cars.
“It was ok first thing on Saturday morning as I used a bus to go there. It wasn’t busy. When we came back at lunchtime there just wasn’t enough room for buses to go either way.
“If we’re going to close Eastern Road, something needs to be done on that road as people park to go to the shops.”
A traffic management official told the meeting that parking should be suspended when Eastern Road is closed.
Mr Beard said contractor Laing O’Rourke would be working with Brighton and Hove City Council on future diversions.
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