One of Preston’s most famous modern landmarks is receiving a big makeover.Advertisement
Fishergate Bollard has become a mainstay of the city’s social media and news reporting for outlets such as Blog Preston.
The bollard, which was installed in 2014, has been regularly sent rolling down Fishergate Hill and Corporation Street by motorists.
Lancashire County Council have now conceded the design of the bollards is not clear enough to stop drivers getting into prangs with them.
Two weeks of work is about to take place in Fishergate and Butler Street to iunstall the new look bollards.
Now made of steel and including a reflecting red rose and lettering the bollards also have a reinforced base.
Cabinet member for highways and transport county councillor Keith Iddon said: “These bollards have become a well-known landmark in the city. There’s been lots of media coverage and even reviews on Tripadvisor recognising them as a local attraction.
“Some people have been calling for the bollards to come back, after they were knocked off in collisions.
“We’re hoping that this makeover will help to increase awareness of them, but for the right reasons this time.
“These safety features are very important, as they mark out the crossings and protect people as they cross the road. If a bollard is hit, then it’s not a person being hit, which is the purpose of them being there. We’d prefer these incidents didn’t happen at all and that’s why we’ve updated the design.
“There have been a number of incidents involving the bollards, so we looked carefully at the details of the collisions that we know about and came up with these improvements to try to stop further incidents from happening.”
The county council say incidents involving pedestrians have dropped by 50 per cent since the new Fishergate shared space was put in place in 2014.
A Freedom of Information request in 2017 revealed it costs the county council £350 to replace each bollard when struck down.
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The new bollards are 1.5metres tall and 1.2metres at the base and are bolted onto the existing stone bases.
The county council says there will be lane closures throughout the next two weeks as the bollards are installed and other replacing of flagstones takes place.
Some minor changes to bus services which are already in place for this work will continue, with city-bound buses being diverted via Bow Lane, Marsh Lane and Ringway, and the bus stop opposite the main railway station entrance being temporarily moved to Bow Lane.
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