The latest change to Preston city centre’s road layout has been announced.Advertisement
New give way markings are being tested on Fishergate to try and reduce queuing by the railway station.
Butler Street now has priority for those turning left out of the railway station and Fishergate Shopping Centre car park – drivers coming down Fishergate towards the station will have to give way.
Road markings have been put down and temporary signs installed.
Lancashire County Council has brought in the new rule to try and limit queues near the station.
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Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon said: “There have been problems at peak times on Butler Street for many years, especially in the run up to Christmas.
“The rail replacement buses for the closure of the Blackpool line have added extra traffic and delay on this street this year. So we’ve looked carefully at this junction and introduced the trial Give Way.
“We’ll continue to monitor the situation to see how it helps this part of the city. It’s a busy time of year and this is an especially busy area of the city centre at peak times.
“We encourage drivers who choose to use Corporation Street and Fishergate to get to Penwortham and other parts of South Ribble, to consider staying on Ringway to reach their destination and help to keep traffic moving in this part of the city centre.
“There’s a high demand for parking spaces at certain times in some areas of the city centre, and people are advised to plan accordingly.”
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The new give-way junction has drawn a stinging criticism from the leader of Preston city council councillor Peter Rankin.
He hit out at the county council for its ‘lack of consultation’.
Typical of LCC Highways doing something like this without consulting (or even telling!) Preston CC! https://t.co/p5zS0y8rwG
— Peter Rankin (@pcc_leader) December 7, 2017
The county council switched on the Fishergate bus lane cameras to dish out fines from Monday (4 December) – following a number of weeks of warning notices being issued.
In recent months Lune Street has also been made two-way for a section and a new junction added with Ringway.
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