FISHERGATE UPDATE: Two-hour delays reported in city centre gridlock

Police had to step in to direct traffic in Fishergate, Preston, after Bank Holiday traffic gridlock
Police had to step in to direct traffic in Fishergate, Preston, after Bank Holiday traffic gridlock
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Bank holiday traffic has been blamed for gridlock in Preston’s city centre.

Shoppers in the city centre have reported long delays, especially for motorists trying to exit the St George’s Centre car park.

Julia Matthews, who was stuck trying to leave the St George’s Centre car park, tweeted: “Only taken us two hours to get out!”

Catherine Taylor said: “I’ve been stuck in the car park for 20 minutes now, barely moved! Something needs to be done about Fishergate.”

Police said there had been no incidents in the city centre, and the problems were simply down to the volume of traffic.

Officers are now in the area directing traffic in an attempt to ease the congestion.

One shopper told the Evening Post: “My auntie has been stuck in the St George’s Centre car park for an hour now.

“People are just parking anywhere and everyone’s asking what’s going on.

“I think this is worse than it was at Christmas. It’s a real shame because it’ll put people off coming in to town.”

The Fishergate area saw massive tailbacks in the weeks leading up to Christmas, with some people stuck in traffic for up to three hours.

Many people at the time blamed the ‘shared space’ concept in the Fishergate area for the problems.