The work on Fishergate in the city centre was completed until the New Year this past Friday (November 13).Advertisement
This was done in time for the busy Christmas shopping period.
Lancashire County Council has been making improvements to Fishergate to install new paving, lights and benches.
Jennifer Mein, leader of the county council, said: “We’re very glad to have been able to extend the improvements along Fishergate thanks to funding from the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership via central government.
“Traders reported an upturn in business last Christmas following the first phase of improvements on Fishergate, and I’m sure that shoppers will have an even better experience when visiting Preston this year.
“The upgrade to Fishergate is a key part of our plans to attract further investment from businesses and create jobs.
“We’ve already seen a reduction in vacancies, with even more big high street names coming into the city centre recently including Patisserie Valerie, The Entertainer, Swarovski and Tiger.
“We’re continuing to work hard with our partners towards making Preston an even better place to live, work and visit.”
Improvements will continue along Church Street in the New Year.
Councillor John Swindells, deputy leader of Preston City Council, said: “The city centre is the beating heart of Preston. It’s vital for Preston to be a welcoming, interesting and great place to be.
“That’s why together with Lancashire County Council, the Lancashire Economic Partnership and the Business Improvement District we’ve made significant investment in Preston City Centre.
“We’ve already seen new shops and restaurants opening up in Preston and the city is attracting more visitors, shoppers and business investment as a result. Christmas is a key period for city centres so I am delighted that Preston will be looking its best and offering an even better experience for shoppers, visitors and party-goers alike.”