Preston station revamp getting on track

Key site: The forecourt to busy Preston train station is being improved
Key site: The forecourt to busy Preston train station is being improved
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Work is set to start on improvements to Preston railway station forecourt as part of a massive project to revitalise the city centre.

On Monday, Lancashire County Council will begin work to improve the approach to the railway station, which will then be maintained by Virgin.

The work will use the same materials used on Fishergate, to ensure a shared look between the approach and the main street.

Once work starts, the front entrance of the station will be closed for eight weeks.

This means that everyone using the station must use the Butler Street entrance.

The work, which will cost £250,000, will be joint funded by the county council and Virgin Trains, who have worked closely together to schedule the work to minimise disruption to passengers.

Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This latest phase of work will create a really attractive entrance to Preston for the hundreds of thousands of people who arrive by train every year.

“We can already see how attractive the city centre will look when the project is complete and, with the forthcoming arrival of major businesses such as Sainsburys and Tesco to Fishergate, we are starting to see the long-term benefits of attracting investment, jobs and prosperity.”

He added the work complements the ongoing Fishergate Central Gateway project.

It is planned to eventually extend the the Fishergate scheme up to the bus station.

Harry Dunning, Virgin Trains station manager, said: “Preston Station is one of the key gateways to the city, with a long and proud history, and this work will help present its best face to the world.”