If there’s one thing guaranteed to get Prestonians talking, other than our miserable weather, it is an attempt to change the layout of Fishergate.Advertisement
The main shopping street has been subject to months of roadworks to create a controversial shared space area.
It means neither cars or pedestrians have right of way and traffic experts say it makes the road safer as drivers have to stay on their guard.
During the work it’s been criticised by disabled groups, praised by shopping centre bosses and two new supermarkets are already set to open, or have opened in Sainsbury’s case, on the new look Fishergate.
Costing £3.4 million the scheme has split opinion, and here are some choice words you all had to say on it as the workmen packed away their tools and Fishergate was declared fully back open.
Holly Illing said: “Definitely looks a lot better and a lot of pedestrians can get through the town now but the traffic and off road parking is horrendous. Management needs to come into place but I don’t see why so many cars should be even going down the high street in the first place. It’s largely due to the car parks & Winckley Square but surely (in an ideal world) making the high street for buses only would stop the majority of this?”
Jeremy Rowlands said: “Think it looks great and is a vast improvement. To be fair the CorporationStreet/Butler Street is only just being finished and is a mini roundabout now that was installed yesterday (in fact quite an attractive one.) It is also much easier to drive through and I drive tthroughit every day.”
Michelle Williams said: “Absolutely awful! Traffic is worse now so can only imagine what it will be like at Christmas! Trying to cross the road with a pram is a challenge now too. No likey.”
Yvonne Derbyshire said: “I live local & walk through almost every day & I am very surprised no-one has been knocked over or even killed – not a pedestrian crossing in sight – could have at least kept the one nr County offices as that was the only safe crossing for anyone wanting the railway station or Debenhams centre way – pedestrians have right of way OK well I have had many incidents where I have nearly been hit by a car – I have witnessed elderly people looking confused dodging cars wondering which way to cross as traffic is coming from all directions. oh I have even pushed a pram which is worse than ever – my opinion ACCIDENT WAITING TO HAPPEN – sorry if this sounds negative but I think many people who live at this side of town will agree with me – although it looks nice clean and spacious it is DANGEROUS .”
John Bootman said: “Considering it took me half an hour to escape the Fishergate car park on Friday afternoon due to there being no traffic lights I don’t think it’s working. When I did get to the top of the hill there were cars turning round in the road, pedestrians looking lost and just general chaos. The moment I got away from the junction, normal life resumed with no problems on the roads.”
Robin Utracik said: “Public money wasted I’m afraid. The cost could have been spent over and over again on a 100 different needy projects. The contrast now between Fishergate and Church Street is overwhelming, like 2 different countries. Why has Church Street been literally abandoned?”
Rory Cocker said: “A massive improvement in my opinion. I literally passed my driving test yesterday and I have no problems navigating the shared space. It’s just common sense; let the people sort it out between themselves. Let one person go, then you go. Helps the traffic flow much better. What’s the point in sitting at traffic lights, waiting for nothing? Seems like people are so used to being told what to do by computers and the government that they don’t know what to do when they have to engage their brains.”
What’s your view on the new layout? Let us know in the comments below