Preston City Centre roads reopen as lockdown restrictions ease

Posted on - 23rd July, 2021 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, Transport
A sunny day in Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall
A sunny day in Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall

The Covid-19 road closures in Preston City Centre have ended.


Lune Street and Chapel Street have reopened at their Fishergate end junctions, in line with the easing of lockdown restrictions.

A spokesperson for Lancashire County Council said: “We have removed a number of temporary emergency active travel measures, which have been in place over the past year in line with the national lifting of many other Covid restrictions this week.

“In Preston, this includes the removal of some road closures in the city centre, which had been in place to reduce the number of vehicles on Fishergate and make it easier for people to socially distance.”

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A small number of temporary measures are being kept in place across the county, as they have been widely supported. The council is now working on progressing permanent solutions.

The spokesperson said: “In Preston, we are keeping in place the temporary measures to reinforce a short section of the existing cycle lane on the northbound side of Strand Road.”

The lane guides cyclists across the level-crossing at 90 degrees to the rails. Due to safety issues, the council is currently organising a permanent improvement.

Read more: Preston Covid cycle lane branded ‘dangerous’ by cyclists where it crosses rail track

The Department for Transport awarded funding to councils to support the creation of temporary pop-up cycle lanes and other measures.

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