Relief as marshals help to reduce city centre traffic

Butler Street, Preston
Butler Street, Preston
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Traffic measures brought in to help congestion in Preston city centre appear to be working.

Last week Lancashire County Council was forced to appoint a traffic marshal to work ‘stop/go’ traffic control signs at the junction of Butler Street and Fishergate, to help traffic coming from the Fishergate Shopping Centre and railway station car parks. Another marshal was installed at the junction of Fishergate and Corporation Street.

Before these measures, many shoppers reported being stuck for hours trying to get out of Butler Street. The problem was put down to cars turning right at the top of the road.

When an Evening Post reporter visited the area on Sunday, traffic was flowing freely.

Daniel Herbert, highway network manager for LCC said he was pleased with the arrangements, but monitoting work was continuing.

He said: “People are still encouraged to use different car parks or public transport, to come into the city centre. This will help to reduce delays and help the traffic to move more freely in this area.”

Traffic leaving the Fishergate Centre and railway station car parks is also now barred from turning right at the top of Butler Street. So too are drivers wanting to turn from Fishergate into Corporation Street.

Keith Mitchell, manager of the Fishergate Shopping Centre, said: “We fully appreciate the new measures to improve traffic flow across the city centre at peak times.

“We have been contributing to the team effort to monitor traffic and devise ways to ease congestion and we will be very pleased if the new measures now in place do limit the delays some drivers have previously experienced. It’s in everyone’s interest to have satisfied shoppers and visitors to Preston city centre and we will continue to do all we can to ensure their visit is a happy one.”

Babs Murphy, Chief Executive of the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce said: “We welcome the introduction of traffic marshals around the city centre. Preston BID together with representatives from the retail sector have met with LCC and put forward a number of measures which businesses believe will improve traffic flow. We are confident that the situation will improve in the lead up to Christmas. We intend to meet again with the LCC early this week to monitor the situation.