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Lancashire County Council highways officer to ‘explain Fishergate’ to city councillors

Posted on - 17th January, 2017 - 7:14pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston City Centre, Roads, Transport
Highways workers in hi-vis jackets direct traffic in Fishergate Pic: Paul Melling

Highways workers in hi-vis jackets direct traffic in Fishergate Pic: Paul Melling

One of the team responsible for the Fishergate bus lane is to be grilled by councillors in Preston.

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An officer from Lancashire County Council’s highways department will appear before Preston City Council’s scrutiny committee.

Councillors are expected to ask questions about the Fishergate shared space and to find out more details about the proposals for the area around the Bus Station including Tithebarn Street.

In October the county council introduced ‘experimental measures’ with a bus lane in Fishergate operating on a section of the road from 11am to 6pm each day.

Tens of thousands of motorists have now been fined £60 for breaching the traffic order, and the county council has seen hundreds appeal their fines.

County councillor John Fillis, responsible for transport, originally said on New Year’s Eve he would be withdrawing the bus lane but then u-turned in January to say it was staying until ‘at least April’.

Read more: How Prestonians responded to the Fishergate u-turn

Deputy chairman of Preston Conservatives councillor Damien Moore had asked Cllr Fillis to come before the scrutiny committee to explain what was happening with congestion and traffic in the city centre.

However it is understood cllr Fillis has been unable to make the date of the scrutiny committee on Friday (20 January).

Read more: Human traffic controls used in Fishergate

Members of the public can attend the scrutiny committee, which starts at 10am at the Town Hall, but they cannot ask questions.

What would you like to ask the officer from county highways? Let us know in the comments below

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