Preparations for new 'bus gate' in Preston city centre are well underway

Preparations for a new bus-only street in Preston city centre are underway, with signage now being installed ahead it coming into force later this year.

Part of the wider Transforming Friargate and Ringway works, the new 'bus gate' along Corporation Street aims to increase bus reliability, reduce congestion and encourage more people to use public transport.

When it comes into force, the section of Corporation Street between Marsh Lane and Heatley Street will have restricted access, 24 hours a day, except for buses, cycles and taxis.

People can still come into the city by car, but the routes may be slightly different and motorists will be urged to check their planned route before they travel.

Preston City Council have previously advertised the proposals locally for people and businesses to comment on, and the necessary agreements are now being finalised for it to start.

Road markings and signage has now been installed in preparation for the bus gate being switched on later this year.

County Councillor Rupert Swarbrick, cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: "People may have noticed that markings and some signage have gone in ahead of the changes being made to Corporation Street later this year.

"Once this bus gate becomes operational, all car parks will still be accessible, but the routes may be slightly different to reach them. 

"Nothing is changing for now and we will let people know in plenty of time, so that people will have more details about it and how it may affect their journey."

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