Major roadworks will begin on Fishergate on Monday.Advertisement
A major project to make Preston’s main shopping street more pedestrian-friendly will see £3.4 million put into it.
Lancashire County Council has released full details of the road closures and warned motorists to expect disruption until mid-November.
Phil Barrett, director of Lancashire Highway Services, said: “This project will completely transform Fishergate, resulting in a much more attractive environment, but some disruption is unavoidable while the work takes place so we’re asking people to be patient and bear with us. However, all business will be accessible throughout the works.
“There will be delays to traffic so we’d ask motorists to avoid using Fishergate if another route is available to them.
“We’re keenly aware of the potential impact on businesses in the short term, so will be doing all we can to minimise disruption and won’t be obstructing the entrance to any business during opening hours.”
Leader of the county council Jennifer Mein said: “Preston plays a central role in the wider Lancashire economy which means new jobs and investment have a positive impact on the rest of the county.
“This project alone will be a great boost for Preston but is just the first phase of a longer term strategy to develop the city centre on which we’re continuing to work closely with Preston City Co! uncil.
“The specifications for these improvements are very high quality and I’m looking forward to seeing the results.”
Work will start around the Lune Street area and will progress up to Mount Street finishing mid-November in time for the busy Christmas period.
Soon after work begins the traffic lights will be removed from Lune Street and Chapel Street, which means Chapel Street will temporarily become one-way in the direction o f Winckley Square to Fishergate. Traffic wishing to access Chapel Street from Fishergate will be diverted via Ringway, Manchester Road, Avenham Lane, Ribblesdale Place and Chapel Street.
The footpath on the east side of Lune Street between Fishergate and the car park entrance will also need to be closed between August and November, and pedestrian diversions will be put in place.
The work will see footpaths replaced with new granite flagstones and small set stones used for crossing areas. New trees will be planted and contemporary street furniture installed, along with a new signage system pointing out key locations in Preston. Footpaths will be widened with traffic reduced to one lane.
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