Warning that ‘confusing’ bollard is not a roundabout

Car collides with bollard on Fishergate, Preston.
Picture courtesy of Steve Pierrie

Car collides with bollard on Fishergate, Preston. Picture courtesy of Steve Pierrie

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Motorists and pedestrians have been reminded that a bollard in Preston city centre’s new road layout is not a roundabout.

It comes after a silver Audi hit the stone pillar at the junction of Fishergate and Corporation Street on Monday, knocking it over.

It is the latest in a series of accidents at the site, and according to feedback from Evening Post readers, there is confusion as to its purpose.

Emma Jayne Lea said: “It’s just a small roundabout and should be treated as so. But would help with a bit more signage.”

Paul Ellithorn said: “The problem is no signage to show its a roundabout.”

But Daniel Herbert of Lancashire County Council (LCC), said: “It is important to make it clear that there is not a mini-roundabout at the junction of Corporation Street and Fishergate.

“The junction operates as a T-junction, but giving equal priority to all road users, with drivers taking care and giving way as appropriate.

“The stone pillar and plinth were installed at either side of the crossing point on Corporation Street, the same as the crossing point at the top of Butler Street. These features were put in place to guide traffic and help people to safely cross the road.

“The Fishergate scheme has been successful in encouraging most people to drive more carefully and safely through this area.

“Following the latest incident, we’re looking at ways to further highlight the road layout for drivers, to stop incidents like this in the future.”

Writing on Facebook, Nik Kershaw said: “Every month or so I hear about this thing claiming another victim. People obviously can’t see it for whatever the reason, or lack of driving ability.”

Andy Vinson suggested using a dash cam to check what a driver can see when approaching the bollard.

Tony Woody said: “If you can’t see that lump of concrete in the road then you shouldn’t be driving.”

Responding to critism of the layout, Laura Smith said: “It’s only a rubbish system when rubbish drivers are on the road! If it was that dangerous or not visible enough then wouldn’t everyone have done the same thing?”