Tuesday, September 05, 2017
The well-known subways at Preston Bus Station are being filled in with concrete, as part of the multi-million pound redevelopment of the building.
Work began on Monday 4 September to start the preparations for filling sections of the subways with foamed concrete, in order to stabilise them and provide a base for future developments on the site and surrounding roads.
This will initially involve work on the north and south subways from Monday 4 September, followed by the central subway from 18 September.
The white-tiled passageways have attracted anti-social behaviour over the years, as well as litter and graffiti. The southern subway closed to the public late last year, and the other two closed earlier this year.
The redevelopment of the bus station will create a new public square on the current western apron, on the city centre side. This will provide welcoming and more accessible routes into the building.
The subways have closed before this new outdoor space has opened, due to ongoing renovation work needed inside the bus station concourse.
The Grade II-Listed bus station is owned by Lancashire County Council. The subways were not included in the Listed status.
Andrew Barrow, the county council's project manager for the bus station redevelopment said: "This is another important stage in the redevelopment of this landmark building. We know that the subways have attracted a lot of problems over the years, which led some people to avoid them or even avoid the bus station overall.
"Our aim is very clear. We want to create an inviting and improved space for people, whether they are catching a bus, parking here, or coming into the city for work, shopping or leisure.
"Filling in the subways will allow us to start work on the next stages of this exciting redevelopment project."
A stock of tiles has been taken out of the subway, to reuse elsewhere in the building in the future.
The substantial volume of concrete needed for the work is coming from a Preston-based supplier.
Work is continuing on the renovation of the concourse and bus bays. Once the concourse on the eastern side has been completed, all buses will permanently move across, with renovation work then continuing on the western side of the concourse.
Steelwork is currently being installed for the new coach station, within the bus station towards the Guild Hall end.
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