Drivers face being prosecuted if they turn right from Butler Street into Fishergate.Advertisement
The new rule is part of a range of measures put in by Lancashire County Council in response to growing criticism about congestion in Preston city centre.
Branded as ‘experimental’ the traffic order came into force during Friday (27 May).
Further plans for the city centre which come into force during the Autumn:
– Restrict access on Fishergate from Theatre Street to Corporation Street to buses and delivery vehicles only
– Cars leaving the St George’s car park have to use Chapel Street to exit the city centre
Related: Shoppers trapped in St George’s Shopping Centre car park
Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor John Fillis said: “The Fishergate improvements have been a resounding success, making it a much more attractive place to be and attracting new businesses to the area. However, we have to acknowledge that at peak times the road network has struggled to cope with the volume of traffic.
“I am hopeful that these measures will introduce will have a positive impact but there are other factors that can help improve the situation. I’d like to encourage people to think about all of their parking and travel options, including the park and ride, which could reduce congestion at key times.
The changes follow lobbying by the Preston Business Improvement District and numerous reports of city centre shoppers becoming trapped in St George’s and Fishergate car parks for hours at a time on weekends, particularly Bank Holidays.
John Boydell, Chairman of Preston City Centre Business Improvement District, said: “We are pleased that Lancashire County Council has reacted positively to the concerns of business and that we’re now in an ongoing dialogue over measures to improve traffic flow in and around the city centre.
“There is common ground to seek the advancement of the city as a great place to work, live and visit, and we will continue to monitor the effectiveness of these measures to ensure Preston city centre remains vibrant and attractive to visitors, shoppers, businesses and investors”.
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