Work on Preston Bus Station’s car park has finished in time for the snooker at the Guild Hall.Advertisement
The city’s main venue is hosting the World Grand Prix and you can now once again walk across the walkway between the two buildings.
It means those pulling into the car park can get directly to the baize action without needing to go down and through the concourse of the grade-II listed building.
Lancashire County Council is undertaking multi-million restoration work on the Bus Station, to repair its crumbling concrete and also refit the concourse in keeping to its original 1960s design.
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Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon said: “We’ve been able to plan this work to fit around some of the busiest times at the Guild Hall, so that it’s reduced the disruption while it was closed.
“It has opened again on schedule, in time for the snooker, which is one of the Guild Hall’s flagship events.
“The redevelopment of the bus station is continuing well. The new concourse is looking good and is now almost finished.
“This work has aimed to keep the Listed aspects of the bus station, while bringing it more up-to-date. For example, we’ve added new toilets and the lighting has been installed, among many improvements.
“We know that there’s been a bit of disruption while this work has been taking place, which we’ve tried hard to keep to a minimum. People are now seeing the result of this work and the improvements we’ve made.”
All levels of the Bus Station car park have now reopened and the new lifts are also running.
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Work is continuing on the new coach station at the southern end of the Bus Station.
The Bus Station subways, connecting it to the St John’s Centre, have all been filled in and the new western concourse will begin to take shape in the coming months.
Proposals for the multi-million pound Youth Zone, due to be built on the western side of the building, have been delayed but no timescale has been confirmed for it.
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