Commuters at Preston Bus Station are being told to expect to use the eastern side of the building more.Advertisement
Lancashire County Council said renovation work on the eastern side is almost completed and more buses are now operating on the side closest to Ringway.
Some temporary stand changes are due to take place from Wednesday (27 September) until work on the concrete above the concourse has finished.
Coaches are due to operate from a temporary area on the western side of the building while the new coach station for National Express, Megabus and other carriers.
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The multi-million pound repairs to the building will also see the western side of the bus station no longer used – instead a new public square and the Preston Youth Zone being built.
The county council says the west side of the Bus Station is undergoing refurbishment and will include more seating. Including some of the current wooden barriers being turned into new benches.
Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon said: “This is yet another landmark moment in our redevelopment of this iconic building. People could find that their bus moves to a new stand as part of these changes.
“We advise you to check with staff from the bus station or the bus operators, to find your new stand in plenty of time before your bus, to avoid any delays to your journey.
“This is a major transport hub with thousands of passengers coming through it every day, so it’s important that we make sure that it’s a welcoming, well-lit and safe space for people who use it.
“Whether you’re a fan of it or not, this is a Listed building and we have a responsibility to maintain it in good condition. We’re pleased with progress on the redevelopment, which is still continuing at a good pace.
“A lot of work has already been done, with more still to come, and we’re asking people to bear with us while this takes place. We’re doing what we can to minimise the impact on people who use the building, while keeping it open.”
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The walkway between the Bus Station and the Guild Hall is currently blocked off – and has been since Monday.
Former subways between the St John’s centre and the bus station have been filled in with concrete.
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