Preston bus lane roadworks are hitting our businesses, say owners

Businesses near Preston bus station say roadworks are putting their livelihoods in danger.

Saturday, 7th March 2020, 6:00 am
Business owners David and Tracey Billington with Mike and Jackie Ryan angry that Tithebarn Street in Preston is still closed to traffic

Major roadworks have been ongoing in Tithebarn Street for months, and at least two businesses say the disruption is affecting trade.

David Billington, joint owner of Riva show bar, and Jackie Ryan, joint owner of MJ Ryan Eyecare, said the roadworks had made it impossible for taxis to pick up and drop off customers and patients.

Mr Billington, who launched Riva showbar last October, said his venue catered for a wide range of events and elderly people in particular found it difficult to get to.

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He said: “The roadworks are definitely over-running and I’m going round in circles trying to find out what is going on. It is definitely affecting my business – we have lost a fortune.

“Disabled people in particular can’t get here. Nobody can be dropped off and picked up from here.”

Jackie Ryan said: “It seems like a lifetime ago since the roadworks started.

“My concern is for our patients who have visual impairments and mobility issues. They used to be dropped off as close to the shop as possible.”

Under an experimental order already introduced, a section of Tithebarn Street will allow only buses, cycles and black cabs.

But the road has not yet reopened.

A Lancashire County Council spokesman said: “We are currently finishing the improvement work on Tithebarn Street, which will include a new bus lane.

"This will benefit bus users, while also helping people to cross the road by reducing unnecessary traffic.”

Parking is available nearby at the bus station, the spokesman added.