Preston City Centre has recently benefited from a project to improve part of Fishergate and Corporation Street 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 focused on the delivery of high quality public realm re-configuring key gateways. The work visually improved 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 new look city centre has now become a 'shared space' where pedestrians and vehicles have equal priority with less clutter, more space and no traffic lights.
This has significantly enhanced the attractiveness of Preston city centre for everyone becoming a viable location to invest and do business and has and continues to act as a catalyst for private sector investment, boosting the local economy.
Phase 2 began at Winckley Street where Phase 1 ended right through up to Preston Minster. Improvements included widening of pavements and a tree lined high street continuing from Winckley Street right through to Lancaster Road.
Businesses started to see higher footfall almost immediately after works where completed. The map below highlights the areas of Preston city centre improved as part of this scheme.