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United Utilities says Fishergate Hill will reopen today after wet weather sinks original plan

Posted on - 8th December, 2023 - 2:09pm | Author - | Posted in - Broadgate, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Roads, Transport
Traffic around Fishergate Hill
Traffic around Fishergate Hill

Fishergate Hill should finally reopen today (Friday 8 December) at 4pm.

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The road has been shut since Tuesday 21 November, when a United Utilities pipe burst at the junction with Broadgate and Strand Road.

Speaking to Blog Preston, a spokesperson for Lancashire County Council confirmed the reason the road didn’t reopen yesterday as planned.

They said: “There has been a slight delay in reopening Fishergate as the weather yesterday was too wet for the work to replace the road markings on the junction. That is being done today and we’ve been informed by United Utilities that it will be reopened by 4pm today.”

Lancashire County Council had put in a diversion via Bow Lane and Corporation Street for traffic coming from Preston Station, and suspended the bus lane to allow people to turn right out of Butler Street.

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Despite these measures, the closure has caused chaos on the roads, with traffic frequently coming to a standstill around Preston.

Read more: Traffic chaos end in sight as reopening date for Fishergate Hill set

One reader told Blog Preston it took 45 minutes to drive the half-mile from Preston Station to Broadgate last night (Thursday 7 December).

The Moorbrook even had to pause delivery services due to the severe delays caused by traffic.

Once Fishergate Hill reopens, the diversions will be removed and drivers will no longer be able to turn right out of Butler Street.

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