Fishergate road scheme set to enter new phase

Stock views of Preston- Fishergate.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'29-1-2015
Stock views of Preston- Fishergate. PIC BY ROB LOCK'29-1-2015
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Small business owners are bracing themselves for weeks of disruption as the latest phase of the Fishergate “shared space” scheme in Preston is set to begin.

The second phase of the £6m scheme to improve entrances to the city centre began in February, with the stretch from Cheapside to Winckley Street still on track to be finished in November.

Nearly all of the pavement work has now been done now up to Guildhall Street with the exception of a few final areas.

Guidhall Street is due to reopen to traffic on Monday, while Cannon Street will close for around four weeks to allow work to take place at the junction of Fishergate and Cannon Street.

People will still be able to access Cannon Street from Fishergate on foot.

Phil Wilson, City Deal project manager, said: “Working in such a busy city centre environment is bound to cause some inconvenience but we’ve been focused throughout on keeping this to a minimum.

“We’ve already seen the difference the first phase has made to the way Fishergate looks, with businesses also having reported improved trade.”

But Joanne White of the Strictly Dancing shop in Cannon Street said the work would have an impact on her business.

She said: “I suppose now is as good a time to do it as any, but the roadworks will affect us. We are well known and people tend to come to us because they know where we are – it’s the passing trade we and other traders will lose if the work is going on right at the top of the street.”

The Fishergate Central Scheme aims to create a more pedestrian-friendly and attractive city centreto attract more commercial investment and boost growth in the area.