Adjustments to Winckley Square road measures as traffic reduces in Preston
Thursday, August 06, 2020
Lancashire County Council is making some changes to the measures put in place in Winckley Square in response to a reduction in traffic to the area.
Measures were put in place across Preston city centre in June to help social distancing and encourage people to walk and cycle for regular journeys as lockdown restrictions were eased in order to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.
As part of efforts to safely reopen the town centre as footfall increased, a number of measures were put in place to give more space to pedestrians in busy areas, and make cycling easier using temporary 'pop-up' cycle lanes to separate cyclists from other traffic using bollards and water barriers.
In order to prioritise walking and cycling due to continued strains on public transport, cycling-friendly measures were put in place in Winckley Square and a number of roads have been partially closed to vehicles to reduce traffic levels and make it easier for people to use their bikes for short journeys.
Monitoring of the schemes have been undertaken and a review of travel activity has shown a marked reduction in traffic flows on Winckley Square since the introduction of point closures on Fishergate including at the junction with Chapel Street. Closures introduced on 15 June to coincide with the safe reopening of the high street resulted in a reduction in traffic of approximately 45%.
With reduced traffic flows in this area helping to create a safer and more pleasant environment for walking and in particular cycling, the pop-up cycle lane on Winckley Square can now be removed.
Point closures on Fishergate, including on Chapel Street, will remain in place. This will enable vehicles to continue to access the full length of the road to reach homes and businesses via diversion routes, while preventing them being used as rat-runs where more suitable routes are available for through-traffic.
County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "The measures we have been putting into place, working closely with Preston City Council, seem to be working well in terms of making it easier for people to travel more sustainably.
"We know that many people across Lancashire are keen to cycle for short journeys, including shopping and working in their local centres. We are now satisfied that the reduced traffic coming into Winckley Square will mean that people can do this in a safer more enjoyable way without the need for specific cycle lanes. However, we will continue to monitor and review all of these temporary measures as part of our response to the coronavirus crisis."
You can find out more about the work we are doing to support people to walk and cycle across our count at lancashire.gov.uk/activetravel.
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