Park-and-ride to change routes?
The leader of the county council has promised to see if park-and-ride bus services can be re-routed to stop at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
Councillor Nick Rushton agreed to a rethink on the routes following a request from health campaigners who want to see the stop re-instated.
The hospital stop was included when the Enderby park-and-ride service opened in 2009, but later changed when St Nicholas Circle became a "hub" for services.
Coun Rushton said council bosses were looking at figures to see if a stop at the infirmary would be cost-effective.
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"I know people would like to see this happen but we do need to see what the cost might be to rate payers," he said.
People wanting to get to Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester General and Glenfield Hospitals have to change to the "hopper" service run by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust,.
Last month, City Mayor Sir Peter Soulsby said he would also look into the idea of a hospital stop again.
He said: "I have asked for a wide-ranging review of the whole park-and-ride service, and will be looking at the stop at the Leicester Royal Infirmary as part of this."
Zuffar Haq, from the Leicester Mercury Patients' Panel, which is campaigning for the change, has welcomed the move.
He said: "On many occasions the park-and-ride buses are travelling around the city empty.
"Including a stop at Leicester Royal Infirmary makes sense to help patients and staff needing to get to the hospital.
"Hundreds of patients and visitors are driving past the park-and-ride terminals every day, but I am sure many are put off using it because it means they have to change bus in the city.
"It would be cheaper as people would not have to pay two bus fares or the hospital car parking charges, which have recently increased.
"But, it is not just about cost. Encouraging more people to use the park-and-ride service will also help to ease congestion in the hospital's car park where there are often queues of cars trying to park.
"It would also help to ease city centre congestion."
Service user Geoffrey Smith, who is also a member of the panel, said more could be done immediately to encourage more people on to the service.
He said: "At the moment, unless you time the park-and-ride journey carefully, you end up hanging around for the hopper service, which only runs every half hour."