Investment in Public Realm
Improvements focused on the delivery of high quality public realm re-configuring key gateways.
The new look city centre is now 'shared space' where pedestrians and vehicles have equal priority with less clutter, more space and no traffic lights. Works also included the widening of pavements and adding trees to line the high street. This has significantly enhanced the attractiveness of Preston city centre for everyone and has become a viable location to invest and do business. The improvements have and continue to act as a catalyst for private sector investment, boosting the local economy.
Businesses have reported seeing higher footfall almost immediately after works where completed. The map at the bottom of the page highlights the completed areas of Preston city centre improved as part of this scheme.
Completed in 2014 work in the initial phase visually improved two of the key approaches to Preston City Centre. From Lune Street on Fishergate through to Preston Railway Station and down along Corporation Street to the Friargate junction at Ringway. This phase of works was part funded by ERDF.
Starting at the Lune Street/Winckley Street junction - where Phase 1 ended - public realm works continued through to Preston Minster replicating those in phase 1.
Currently underway this phase focuses on improvements from Fishergate to Preston Bus Station, including Church Street, Lancaster Road, Lord Street and Tithebarn Street.