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Congested: Ringway set for more roadworks
Congested: Ringway set for more roadworks
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Council bosses have called for drivers to be patient as one of Preston’s busiest stretches of dual carriageway is disrupted by road works starting today.

Ringway, between Staples and the Old Black Bull, is being reduced to one lane during off-peak hours for the next three to four weeks to allow improvement work on pavements.

The work is part of the £3.4m Fishergate Central Gateway project which is designed to create a more pedestrian-friendly and attractive city centre, less dominated by cars. When completed it is hoped the new-look city centre will attract more commercial investment and boost growth.

John Fillis, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “We are conscious that this work will inevitably cause some disruption and I would ask people to be patient and focus on the long-term benefits that this £3.4m investment will have in terms of making Preston city centre a more pleasant place to be and attracting investment, jobs and prosperity.

“Preston plays a key role in Lancashire’s economy so new jobs and investment have a positive impact on the rest of the county. Transforming Fishergate is the first phase of a longer term strategy that we‘re working on with Preston City Council to develop the city centre and surrounding area.”

The Ringway work is the next phase of the project following the completion of the redesign of the Fishergate, Corporation and Butler Street junctions.

Council chiefs are urging drivers to show consideration for other road users as traffic gets used to the new road layout. Traffic lights have been successfully removed from the junctions, leading to much improved traffic flows. Signs reminding road users that Fishergate is a shared space and asking drivers to make room for pedestrians have been installed.

Coun Fillis said: “Removing the traffic lights along Fishergate has been very successful and has significantly improved the flow of traffic. When the project is complete there will be a well-defined single carriageway for vehicles, obvious crossing points for pedestrians and it will be clear that this is a shared space that everyone needs to co-operate to use.”