Lancashire County Council have asked residents and visitors to Preston to be “patient” and “focus on the long-term benefits” as the next phase of the £3.4m Fishergate Central Gateway project were announced.
The next major development in the project to create a more pedestrian-friendly and attractive city centre, will begin on March 17 when the traffic lights at the junctions where Corporation Street and Butler Street meet Fishergate will be removed.
This will mean that the right turn from Fishergate to Corporation Street will not be available until work is completed at the end of August - a date already pushed back a month due the complexities of the project and the difficulties of working in a city centre and still allowing traffic to flow.
John Fillis, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We are conscious that this work will inevitably cause some disruption and I would ask people to be patient and focus on the long-term benefits that this £3.4m investment will have in terms of making Preston city centre a more pleasant place to be and attracting investment, jobs and prosperity.”
Keith Mitchell, Centre Manager of the Fishergate Centre and a committee member of the Business Information District, said: “I’m more aware than anyone of the disruption we are experiencing at the moment but I am convinced that the end result will be worth it.”
Drivers will be signposted down Bow Lane to reach Ringway and traffic light timings will be adjusted to cater for the changes.
Further disruption is expected over the Easter period from March 31, when, for up to four weeks, one side of Ringway will be reduced to one lane.
During the hours of 9.15am and 3.45pm work will be carried out to improve the pavements on the stretch outside the Hill Street car park, from Staples to the Old Black Bull pub.