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Preston City Centre is benefiting from a project that will improve the main approaches to the city centre thanks to £1.38m of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and a further £2m from Lancashire County Council.
The Fishergate Central Gateway project focuses on the delivery of high quality public realm with re-configuration of key gateways to significantly enhance the attractiveness of the city centre as a viable business location and act as a catalyst for private sector investment in commercial floor space in the city.
The work will visually improve two of the key approaches to Preston city centre - Preston railway station up Fishergate as far as Lune Street, and Corporation Street from the junction with Ringway up to Fishergate and along Ringway to the junction with Friargate.
The vision for the project is to create areas that are less dominated by traffic and friendlier for pedestrians. It is not about pedestrianising Fishergate but will reduce the flow of traffic and create a more attractive, less cluttered 'shared space'.
'Shared space' is an urban design approach which reduces the markings separating vehicles and pedestrians, and often involves removing kerbs and traffic signs to produce a more open space. The end result will be a high quality place fit for many uses with widened pavements of high quality materials, incorporating trees.
The scheme will make Preston a much more attractive place to invest and do business. It will be more visually appealing and will open up the main gateways into the city centre. It is hoped that by smartening up Preston there will be more business investment in the future which will help boost the local economy.
For more information visit the Lancashire County Council - Fishergate Central Gateway page.
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