Public consultation starts on transformation of Preston City Centre

Residents are being asked to have their say on changes that signal a major step in the transformation of Preston city centre.

The Transforming Friargate North and Ringway project, one of the first Preston Transforming Cities Fund schemes, aims to create improved pedestrian and cycle links across Ringway, enhance the local amenity of Friargate and promote public and active travel to and through Preston city centre.  

To achieve this, new cycle tracks are being constructed on key routes, while increased priority is to be given to public transport. To complement the new infrastructure, proposals for a number of traffic regulation orders (TROs) around Friargate and Ringway have been brought forward. These include proposals to introduce 20pm speed limits on various connecting roads in this area.

Details of the proposed TROs can be viewed on Lancashire County Council’s website. The consultation period for the TROs will run from Friday 4 November to Friday 2 December.

Cllr Charlie Edwards, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This is a really exciting scheme that will fundamentally change the way we travel in and around Preston city centre, as well as making it a much more attractive destination.

“A pivotal aim of the scheme is to encourage more people to leave the car at home and that is why we are building the infrastructure to vastly improve access for cyclists and pedestrians.

“We also need appropriate measures in place to keep the city centre safer for pedestrians and cyclists, and to keep the roads clear for our buses.

“I would encourage residents to look at the proposals and let us know if you have any feedback.

“Lastly I just want to thank residents and businesses for their continued patience throughout this project.”

The Transforming Friargate North and Ringway scheme is being delivered by Lancashire County Council, in partnership with Preston City Council and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), as part of its successful Transforming Cities Fund bid.


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