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Changes to bus stops in Preston City Centre

Temporary changes have been made to bus stops in Preston City Centre, as part of the latest stage of improvement work to create a more welcoming and attractive city centre.

Bus stops on Lancaster Road opposite Jacson Street have closed while improvement work is carried out on the section between Jacson Street and Church Street.

Until these stops re-open, passengers are encouraged to catch their bus from the nearby bus station.

The work is expected to be completed in the summer. Local road diversions will be in place during this time.

Local businesses and bus companies have been consulted in advance about this work.

Funding for this improvement work has come from the Growth Deal, and as part of Lancashire County Council’s contribution to the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal.

A spokesperson for the county council said: “We apologise to people for any disruption while this improvement work is carried out.

“People will need to head to the bus station to catch their bus, until the new bus shelters have been installed and they re-open.

“Businesses are expected to remain open during this work. When we’re carrying out work directly outside people’s doors, the work has been planned to fit around their opening hours where we can. This should reduce any disruption, as we did during the Fishergate improvement work.”

This latest stage of improvement work includes parts of Lancaster Road, Jacson Street, Lord Street and a section of Tithebarn Street.

The overall work is being carried out in several stages, running through to summer 2019. This will include new pavements, lighting, benches, bins and a new road surface.

Once finished, these improvements will run alongside some of the city’s most well-known buildings including the Guild Hall, the Harris Museum and Library and the Town Hall.

Graham Cowley, Chair of the LEP’s Growth Deal Management Board, said: “The improvement works to Lancaster Road, which have been funded by the LEP’s Growth Deal, are part of a wider integrated scheme which will make central Preston easier to navigate.

“They will also improve the connectivity between key city assets such as the University of Central Lancashire’s new Engineering Innovation Centre, the regenerated Guild Hall, and Preston’s iconic bus station. Overall the scheme is designed to help boost Preston city centre’s economic growth, creating new jobs in the process.”

The Park & Ride bus stops on Jacson Street have temporarily relocated to Stand G on Church Street, outside the Evoque nightclub.

The bus stops on Lancaster Road, directly outside the town hall, have closed permanently.

People with questions about the work can find out more by calling 0300 123 6780 or email fishergate@lancashire.gov.uk

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