The latest phase of work on the £3.4m Fishergate Central Gateway project is set to get underway.
It will see improvements made to the railway station façade and to Corporation Street, as well as the permanent move of bus stops from outside the Fishergate Shopping Centre to the Railway Station bridge.
It follows a recent award, as part of the Lancashire Growth Deal, of £6m to complete the transformation of Fishergate up to the bus station.
In order to help the flow of traffic along Fishergate, the bus stops will be moved to the Railway Station bridge on Monday 28 July.
This will create a transport hub for people coming into or leaving Preston and make it easier for those wanting to use the bus and train as part of their journey. The new bus stops are glass with a steel frame and a more contemporary style to fit in with the new look city centre.
Work is also continuing to improve Corporation Street.
Billboards have been taken down and new trees will be planted along the street to create a much more attractive entrance into the city centre.
New street lights have also been introduced along Corporation Street which give a more contemporary feel to the approach. In early September, the county council will fund work to improve the approach to the Railway Station, which will then be maintained by Virgin. The work will use the same materials as used on Fishergate, to ensure a seamless transition between the approach and Fishergate.
Once work starts, the front entrance of the station will be closed for the duration of the works. This means that everyone using the station must use the Butler Street entrance!
County Coun John Fillis, Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “We are beginning to see 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.
“I’m very pleased to announce this latest phase of the work. It was also tremendously exciting to hear that, as part of the recently announced Lancashire Growth Deal, we will have a further £6m to spend on completing the transformation of Fishergate up to the bus station.”