A city centre street in Preston will become two-way from Monday (13 November) as part of plans to reduce journey times.
Lancashire County Council is making Lune Street two-way on an experimental basis from Monday 13 November, with new access created onto Ringway.
This will help people travelling to and from the St George’s shopping centre car park.
These changes will be monitored for approximately six months, and will inform the development of more permanent plans.
The changes on Lune Street are designed to work alongside the reintroduced enforcement of bus lanes on Fishergate. The bus lane cameras in central Preston were reintroduced on Monday 6 November.
The aim of the bus lanes and vehicle restrictions is to ease traffic flow in the city centre, providing a boost for shops and businesses, and improving the experience for shoppers in the main retail areas.
The bus lanes were introduced to reduce congestion that has affected the city centre at peak times over many years, especially in the build-up to Christmas.
County Councillor Keith Iddon, cabinet member for highways and transport, said:
“We know that people using the shopping centre car park and travelling through Avenham were particularly affected when we introduced the bus lane. The Lune Street changes should help to resolve some of the issues that we identified during the trial period and improve the overall experience in the city centre for drivers and pedestrians.
“We don’t want anyone to get caught out by these cameras, which is why we’ve introduced a short grace period. We’re happy if we don’t make a penny from them, as it means that people are doing the right thing.
“These bus lanes have removed an average of 2,700 vehicles every day from the section between Mount Street and Corporation Street. We know that bus journeys have become more reliable and journey times have reduced.”