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Fishergate roadworks: Next stage of plan to be shown to public

Posted on - 7th December, 2014 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston City Centre, Roads, Transport
Westerly view of the completed new look Fishergate with it's 'shared space' highway

Westerly view of the completed new look Fishergate with it’s ‘shared space’ highway

A step towards easing traffic congestion on Fishergate is due to go on display in the city centre.

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Lancashire County Council highways chiefs are proposing to extend the new layout already applied to the Railway Station end of Preston’s main shopping street.

From Winckley Street up to Preston Minster will get the same widened pavements and traffic measures as down towards the station end.

Plans giving new traffic flows and layouts will be in an empty shop unit between Marks and Spencer and Timpson on the ground floor of the St George’s Shopping Centre on Thursday 11 December from 10am to 6pm.

A spokesman for the county council said: “Staff will be on hand to talk about the scheme and listen to comments.

“The scheme is an extension of work already carried out from the Railway Station up to Winckley Street and is being funded by the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership thanks to money from the Growth Fund via central Government.

“The project will continue the shared space that has already been created, by designing areas that are less dominated by traffic and friendlier for pedestrians.

“The project is not about pedestrianising Fishergate but will reduce traffic flow and create a more attractive, less cluttered, “shared space”, with better pedestrian links between key parts of the city centre.”

The new layout has drawn criticism from drivers and disability groups who say the city centre has become a “no-go zone”.

Funding is currently being confirmed to extend the scheme right around to Preston Bus Station as part of the £23 million for the grade II listed building.

What do you think of the proposal to extend the scheme further? Let us know in the comments below

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