Preston City Centre has recently benefited from a project to improve Fishergate and Corporation Street thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Growth Deal via the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership, and our own investment.
The new look city centre has now become a space where pedestrians and vehicles have equal priority with less clutter, wider pavements, and no traffic lights.
By improving the city centre we hope to attract new business and investment from the private sector and this is a key location as part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.
The improvements run from the Railway Station Bridge right along Fishergate to the Minster on Church Street.
Future plans include improvements along Lancaster Road leading towards the bus station, to better link the two city centre transport hubs. Improvements will also be made to Cannon Street and enhancements to the Winckley Square area thanks to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Traffic measures are in place to help reduce congestion in Preston city centre. Take a look at the traffic management decisions agreed by councillors or view the Fishergate traffic routing (PDF 585 KB).
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The traffic restrictions remain in place, but until the scheme is reviewed later this year, we will not be using enforcement cameras on Fishergate.
If you have recently received a Penalty Charge Notice, find out how to claim this back.
The right turn from Butler Street onto Fishergate is restricted and a bus-only section has been introduced between the junctions with Butler Street and Corporation Street.
This new section is at the end of the existing bus lane, on the side of Fishergate heading towards the city centre.
We are also trialling a new bus lane along Fishergate between Mount Street and Corporation Street between 11am and 6pm.
Only buses and black cab taxis are able to use it.
As part of this work, the one-way traffic on Mount St has been reversed, allowing traffic to travel away from Fishergate.
Garden Street has also become one-way from Mount Street to Winckley Square and traffic leaving the St George's Centre car park need to use Chapel Street, reducing the need to travel along Fishergate.
The existing parking for blue badge holders on Theatre Street has been relocated to Fox Street.
The changes will be introduced initially until they are reviewed later this year, taking into account feedback from the public and local businesses.
We would welcome your feedback during the experimental phase by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a look at the story of Preston city centre regenerated.