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Preston city centre could be 100 per cent pedestrianised by 2027

Posted on - 1st April, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, Transport

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Bold plans seen by Blog Preston reveal the city centre could become the first in the UK to be 100 per cent pedestrianised.

The first of the two stages would aim to reduce carbon emissions, with proposed measures set to strongly discourage car usage altogether.

Pop-up toll booths may be created on all routes into the city centre, along with a one-way system that would take the driver on a complicated circular journey around the outskirts and back home again, without getting any closer than one mile to the shops and restaurants.

Stage two could see the phasing out of all other modes of wheeled transport including buses, motorbikes, taxis, bicycles, e-scooters, skateboards, go-karts, rollerskates and wheelchairs.

Read more: Lancashire County Council urges residents to walk and cycle under new initiative

Dubbed The Feet Of Our Lives, the scheme would aim to force people out of their cars by 2027 and get them walking in order to hit green targets and make the city healthier.

A leaked statement from planning firm April & Prank said: “Prestonians have complained about the Fishergate Bollard, the Guild Wheel, the roundabout at the Brown Hare, the Liverpool Road cycle lane, the shared spaces in town, the bus lanes and every other thing done to improve Preston.

“Nothing is right as far as they’re concerned, so we may as well try out the next idea there.”


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