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Part of Church Street to get the Fishergate layout as roadworks resume

Posted on - 26th January, 2016 - 8:00pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston City Centre, Redevelopment, Roads, Transport
Expect more of this kind of scene during the coming months at the top end of Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall

Expect more of this kind of scene during the coming months at the top end of Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall

Part of Church Street is to see the new look applied to Fishergate extended, but only as far as the Minster.

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Lancashire County Council has announced it will resume work after it stopped during the Christmas shopping period.

The section being dug up is from the Minster towards Fishergate, and also round to parts of Birley Street and Cheapside – linking up with the Flag Market.

County Councillor Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council, said: “This is a significant investment in the city centre that will help to encourage new businesses and new shoppers, bringing new jobs and economic growth.

“Working in such a busy city centre environment does inevitably cause some disruption, but we’ve been focused on keeping this to a minimum throughout the scheme, and making sure that people can continue to access businesses.

“We’ve already seen the difference that has been made to how Fishergate now looks and we’re looking forward to seeing the benefits that it brings to this part of the city centre.”

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Councillor John Swindells, deputy leader of Preston City Council, said: “Preston City Centre is at the forefront of investment through the City Deal and also the Lancashire Economic Partnership.

“It’s about improving the environment and making the city centre a better place to be – easier to walk around whether you are shopping, having something to eat, enjoying a night out, or even catching a train or bus.

“This is just the start, with improvements in Winckley Square, Markets Quarter, the Bus Station and the Preston Housing Zone all set to transform the city centre in the future.”

The work is due to be completed by late summer.

A county council spokesman confirmed at this stage there were no plans to extend the new layout further down Church Street beyond the Minster.

What do you think of the work? Will it affect you or your business? Let us know in the comments below

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