Part of Lancaster Road has been unblocked as the new look paving and road surface takes shape.Advertisement
It’s the third-stage of the ‘Fishergate-style’ layout for Preston city centre with the road along the front of the Guild Hall getting a revamp.
A closure has been in place at the Church Street/Fishergate end of Lancaster Road but vehicles can now get through again.
Lancashire County Council said their work was currently running ‘ahead of schedule’ due to the good weather.
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Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon said: “We have just re-opened Lancaster Road, but further work still needs to be carried out on the bus stops, before they’re back in use at the Church Street end. The first stage of this work is likely to be finished within the next month.
“The recent good weather has helped us to complete this section more quickly than expected.
“Thank you for people’s patience and understanding while this improvement work is carried out. We’re have been working with businesses to schedule the work in ways that will minimise the impact on them.
“Lord Street, Lancaster Road and Jacson Street will need to close at different times for resurfacing. Once this has been done, these roads will be opened back up for vehicles and pedestrians.”
Beginning in March the work is expected to continue for another 14 months up from Lancaster Road to the Bus Station.
Emergency funding of £85,000 was signed off to repair Old Vicarage – which had been used a diversion route during the Lord Street works – as it had begun to collapse.
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Funding for the overall Lancaster Road works comes from the Lancashire Growth Fund, part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal – which is pumping more than £400million in housing and infrastructure projects across the city.
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