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Friargate pedestrianisation works in ‘final stages’ say Lancashire County Council

Posted on - 26th February, 2024 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Friargate, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment, Roads, Transport, University campus
The new paving along Friargate Pic: Molly Ashton

The Friargate North transformation is in it’s “final stages” according to Lancashire County Council.

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Changes include new paving, trees, cycle racks and benches.

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An exact finish date has not yet been given, with county councillor Scott Smith, who is the lead member for Highways and Active Travel, saying “some work remains” – meaning the Friargate North pedestrianisation is now a year behind schedule.

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He told Blog Preston: “The work we’re doing to improve Friargate is now in its final stages and we hope people will notice a big difference when visiting.

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“New paving and tree planting has taken place already – with new benches, cycle racks and more coming soon.

“Some work remains before the scheme is complete – including the installation of safety bollards.

The new street scene taking place in Friargate Pic: Molly Ashton

“I want to thank everyone, particularly local businesses, for their patience while this work has been ongoing.

“This is a significant investment in the Friargate area and we are looking forward to seeing it encourage more people to visit this part of Preston.”

Looking down the pedestrianised area of Friargate towards the Ringway Pic: Molly Ashton

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However, the roadworks scheme has had an impact on surrounding businesses due to building works and the late running of the scheme.

The owner of Vyne on Friargate, Serena Baxter, said that the work which was meant to be completed in March last year had “decimated Vyne” and also their other business next door In:Libra.

Preston’s Business Improvement District manager Mark Whittle, who represents city centre businesses, told Blog Preston: “It’s clear to see that Friargate is now taking shape, which is a good thing for traders and city centre users. This works have run late, and we know that the businesses community will welcome a completion date in the very near future.

“Businesses are already looking towards spring, and utilising the new space that has been created. We will continue to call on Lancashire County Council to ensure that all works are completed as soon as possible, so that everyone can enjoy the benefits that the scheme brings.”

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