Questions remain over best way to ease city traffic

Police have previously had to step in to direct traffic in Fishergate
Police have previously had to step in to direct traffic in Fishergate
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New measures to ease traffic problems on Fishergate have been meet by scepticism by bank holiday motorists.

After the early May bank holiday saw traffic chaos in Preston city centre, with drivers reporting two-hour queues to get out of the St George’s Centre car park, Lancashire County Council brought in a range of new restrictions.

An experimental traffic order, which lasts for up to 18 months, now makes it an offence for vehicles to turn right from Butler Street to Fishergate, and restricts traffic on the lower section of Fishergate to buses and delivery vehicles.

If the measure is deemed successful, the order will be made permanent.

Writing on lep.co.uk, Mcc wrote: “How do people get to Penwortham, Southport and Leyland direction leaving St. George’s and going down Chapel Street?

“Apparently the answer is to go via Queen Street to join Ringway. Congestion is just being shifted elsewhere, never mind the extra mileage accrued.

“Queen Street can get backed up quickly and the shopping area there is being developed further encouraging even more traffic.”]

Stardust1 said: “There only needs to be a problem elsewhere and it will still be gridlock. We need more exit routes,not less.”

RogatGarstang wrote: “A new City Centre by-pass is required.

“So has anyone put their mind to building a road along the south bank of the River Ribble linking Leyland Road at Lower Penwortham through to Victoria Road(A6) at Walton-le-Dale?

“This would certainly take a lot of traffic away from the city centre and some of the City Deal Money could be used to fund it.”