Update: Man hurt in Preston ‘shared space’ after foot run over by bus

Photo Neil Cross'Scene of the crash involving a pedestrian and a bus on Fishergate, Preston
Photo Neil Cross'Scene of the crash involving a pedestrian and a bus on Fishergate, Preston
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A man was injured after a bus ran over his foot in the centre of Preston.

Emergency services were called to the junction of Mount Street and Fishergate during rush hour yesterday morning, where the 25-year-old had been hurt.

Critics of the shared space scheme said pedestrian safety had been a concern since the beginning of the project.

Coun Christine Abram, who branded the project a “death trap” during last year’s road works, said: “My concern from day one has always been about safety.

“I’m not knocking how it looks, but it’s always been about safety.”

Police were unable to clarify whether the incident had happened on the pavement or on the road.

A spokesman for the ambulance service said: “At 8.50am we got a call for a male whose foot was run over by a bus. We sent one ambulance to the scene, they arrived at 8.57am and took the patient to Royal Preston Hospital.”

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “We’re very sorry to hear that someone has been injured on Fishergate and wish them well with their recovery.

“We’ll consider the police report into the circumstances.”

Readers voiced there opinions online, with Comet_2014 saying: “Only surprised this is the first accident of this type in the ‘shared space’.”

On Facebook, Kirsty Goldthorpe said: “This was only a matter of time the new layout is so confusing to drivers and pedestrians.”

Eddie McHugh added: “It may be a shared space but pedestrians still need to have their wits about them and watch where they are walking.”

Preston Bus declined to comment.