Shopping street torn up after makeover

Photo Neil Cross'The work on the new shared space footpath has just been completed on Church Street, Preston, only for it to be dug up again immediately.

Photo Neil Cross'The work on the new shared space footpath has just been completed on Church Street, Preston, only for it to be dug up again immediately.

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Just weeks after work was completed on a multi-million pound overhaul, Preston’s premier shopping street has been dug up again.

This week workers from Electicity North West tore up newly-laid flags on the south side of Church Street to reinstate an electrical supply.

The area - part of Phase Two of the city’s £3.4m Central Gateway Project to make the whole of Fishergate a shared space for traffic and pedestrians - has been left taped off with uncovered holes.

Phill Wilson, project manager for City Deal, said: “This is emergency work by Electricity North West to reinstate an electrical supply.

“The pavement will be put back in once the work has finished, with Electricity North West covering the full cost. There will be no cost to the county council.”

It has not been announced when this will be.

A spokesman for Electricity North West, said: “A fault on an underground cable fault caused the loss of power to 254 customers in Preston on Wednesday morning at 12.11am. Engineers quickly arrived onsite and restored power to all customers at 6am.

“In order to safely carry out a full repair on the power cable engineers removed supplies to customers on Thursday at 5am and power was restored at 8am.

“The essential work carried out was needed to ensure local customers received a reliable supply of power and we will carry out a full reinstatement on the footpath as soon as possible.”

Earlier this year, utilities work meant workmen dug up a large area of the Phase One footpath on the corner of Fishergate and Corporation Street, filling in with asphalt.

County Hall bosses have announced that Phase Three – in Church Street from the junction with Cheapside to the Minster – will begin in the New Year.