Renovation and repair work on the external car park ramps at Preston Bus Station has been completed.
This is the latest completed stage of the multi-million pound redevelopment work on the bus station.
The ramps are a well-known part of the iconic Grade-II Listed bus station. They have been upgraded with new barriers, the ramp bearings have been replaced and a new surface has been installed.
The changes have also made it easier to use the south ramp by removing the raised concrete section between the lanes.
A new pedestrian crossing has been installed on Church Row, close to the junction with Tithebarn Street, providing an alternative route from the bus station via the new external coach station, which is currently being created in the former taxi rank.
The bus station is owned by Lancashire County Council.
Andrew Barrow, the county council’s project manager for the bus station redevelopment, said: “This marks the completion of another stage in our ongoing redevelopment of the bus station. A lot of work has been taking place to repair this building and improve it, in keeping with the listed status.
“We’d like to thank people for their patience, with each of the ramps being closed at times for work to take place.
“All of the planned work has now taken place, so the only ramp closures we should need from now on will be for maintenance.
“If you haven’t been to the bus station for a while, then you’ll notice that there has been a lot of redevelopment work taking place, especially on the car park levels.
“We’ve repaired the concrete, upgraded the security cameras, added more lighting and payment machines, and brightened up the parking levels. The aim is to make them more welcoming and encourage people to think about parking there.”
Lords Walk, underneath the south ramp for the car park, has also reopened following the latest stage of improvement work in this area.
The pavement on Tithebarn Street at the side of the Guild Hall, close to the entrance for Level, has also reopened. This section, between the junctions with Lord Street and Lords Walk, was closed while work was carried out as part of wider city centre improvements by the county council.