Transforming Friargate and Ringway

Transforming Friargate North and Ringway

Transforming Friargate North and Ringway is one of the first Preston Transforming Cities Fund schemes, aimed at boosting connectivity by bus, rail and active travel such as cycling and walking. The funding will be used towards a range of improvements in and around the city to promote public transport and active travel, encouraging more people to leave the car at home.

It will also be designed to encourage people moving between the university and the Harris Quarter by regenerating the area and joining up both sides of the city. By bringing it up to date with other modern cities, we aim to make this area an attractive destination for residents and visitors to enjoy, generating more potential customers for businesses particularly along the northern end of Friargate.

Following consultations as part of our city Masterplan development, we've been working with a range of people who have helped us to fine tune our plans to make sure they work for Preston. We are still developing some of the details before we can present the final plans later this year.
The measures being considered for the area include:

  • A new signal controlled crossing point, public realm improvements and bus interchange stops at the Friargate/Ringway junction. Vehicle access at the Ringway-Friargate junction will be removed to enable this
  • Pedestrianisation of Friargate between Ringway and Marsh Lane with access for service and delivery vehicles at restricted times of the day
  • Creating a pedestrian and cycle friendly space with high quality paving, trees, and other features such as public seating, space for outdoor markets and alfresco dining opportunities
  • Closing part of Corporation Street to general traffic and creating a bus gate to give priority to buses at the junction. This will allow buses, Hackney carriages and authorised vehicles through freely whilst discouraging other vehicles, similar to arrangements on Fishergate currently
  • New cycle paths along Ringway to help cyclists connect between the University, the railway station, the bus station and beyond as safely as possible

Benefits of the proposed measures

Transforming Friargate North and Ringway will have wide ranging benefits for Preston by increasing sustainable travel options and regenerating the public space for all to enjoy. Other cities which have introduced similar cycle and pedestrian friendly measures are already enjoying benefits such as a healthier communities, reduced local air pollution, lower road traffic accident levels and a boost to their economy by increased visitor spending. We hope to make Preston a healthier, safer and greener place for people to live, work and visit.

There are three main parts to the scheme and below are some of the benefits for each.

Regeneration of Friargate North

  • Like the southern end of Friargate, removing traffic all day except for a short window for deliveries will create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Improved street scene with high quality paving, seating and tree planting will create a pleasant environment for people to sit, relax, shop and enjoy.
  • Regeneration of the street will encourage more people to use it, and help to generate more potential customers for businesses in the area
  • Opportunities for businesses to provide outdoor seating for eating and drinking
  • New spaces for outdoor markets and live events
 

Transforming Ringway Junction

  • Reconnecting the city either side of Ringway by upgrading the crossing facilities for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Opening up and improving the look and feel of this area will make it an attractive place to visit for leisure and shopping
  • New secure cycle parking and facilities to encourage more people to come into town on their bikes
  • New bus stops at the junction to service this area and make it easier for people to get here by bus
  • Encouraging people who are just passing through to choose more suitable routes other than directly through the city centre will enhance the experience for local residents and shoppers
 

Changes to Corporation Street and local traffic routes

  • New segregated cycle lanes along Ringway and Friargate, connecting to the wider network, will help more people travel safely by bike
  • These will be supported by a smart signal technology package to optimise traffic flow
  • New bus stops for buses diverted from Friargate will maintain bus accessibility in the area
  • Discouraging traffic from using the university campus as a through route will make a more pleasant environment for students and local residents
 

Why we are doing this

As part of our ambitions for Lancashire's future prosperity, we are looking carefully how we can plan our local infrastructure to serve the changing needs of our residents and businesses.  This means ensuring that we integrate new technologies and support sustainability and active travel options when designing our roads and urban areas. There will be more emphasis applied to the needs of all road users where previously private vehicles were given more prominence.

What next?

Design of these works will take place over the next 12 months, with the construction of the works planned to be complete by spring 2023.

We will be talking to local businesses, and a range of community groups so that we consider the needs of all users through the detailed design and engagement process.

We would like your comments to help us with the final details of the design.

Let us know your thoughts on the design – our online public engagement is running until 26 April 21

Have your say

When our plans are ready, we will share them and provide an update on the next steps of this programme.

If you have any specific queries, please email us at: TransformingFNR@lancashire.gov.uk

Keeping you updated

More information will be updated within these web pages as plans develop.

You can also sign up to receive the Transforming Friargate North and Ringway newsletter updates which we plan to send out on a quarterly basis.

For more information about all the projects as part of the Transforming Cities Fund

Plans and concept designs