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Fishergate roadworks: New signs for motorists as traffic lights removed

Posted on - 27th March, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, News, Preston City Centre, Roads, Transport
New road signs say motorists are entering a "shared space"

New road signs say motorists are entering a “shared space”

The new road layout on Fishergate as the roadworks continue is confusing drivers.

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Lancashire County Council has put up signs reminding drivers to watch out for pedestrians on new crossings.

The traffic lights have been removed along Fishergate and new signs have gone up on Corporation Street, Lune Street and Chapel Street.

County Councillor John Fillis, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Removing the traffic lights along Fishergate has been very successful and has significantly improved the flow of traffic.

“When the project is completed, there will be a well-defined single carriageway for vehicles, obvious crossing points for pedestrians and it will be very clear that this is a shared space that everyone needs to co-operate to use.

“We are conscious that, as work continues and different stretches of Fishergate are at different stages of completion, it can be unclear who has priority. I’d like to ask drivers in particular to continue to show patience and consideration for other road users and leave gaps to allow pedestrians to cross.”

The £3.8 million roadworks scheme has been causing gridlock through the centre of the city on some days and a new stage of roadworks begins on Monday 31 March.

One side of the Ringway goes down to one lane during 9.15am to 3.45pm on weekdays as pavements on the stretch next to Hill Street car park are improved.

Cllr Fillis said: “We are conscious that this work will inevitably cause some disruption and I would ask people to be patient and focus on the long-term benefits that this £3.4million investment will have in terms of making Preston city centre a more pleasant place to be and attracting investment, jobs and prosperity.

“Preston plays a key role in Lancashire’s economy so new jobs and investment have a positive impact on the rest of the county. Transforming Fishergate is the first phase of a longer term strategy that we’re working on with Preston City Council to develop the city centre and surrounding area.”

In January, bus services 111, 115 and the Park and Ride service, temporarily moved to outside the Fishergate Centre. The longer-term plan is that by the end of the project all three bus stops on Fishergate will move outside the railway station to create a transport hub.

Have you seen the new signs? How are the roadworks affecting you? Let us know in the comments below

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