Main subway to be shut for a week at Preston Bus Station

The latest stage of revamp work at Preston Bus Station begins from Monday (27 February).

A subway between the grade-II listed building and Tithebarn Street, outside the St John’s Shopping Centre, is being shut for a week.

The closure comes into force from 10am on the Monday and Lancashire County Council recommends the bus station should be accessed using gates 10 and 39.

Anyone needing to relieve themselves while waiting for the bus will also need to use the staff toilets on Monday (27 February) as the main toilets are closed due to upgrades to the building’s electrical system.

A spokesperson for the county council said: “We apologise for any inconvenience during this essential work and ask people to bear with us while it’s carried out. We’re planning to reopen the subway as soon as we can.”

Work on the Bus Station has seen new barriers installed on the top of the car park roof after a number of deaths in recent years.

The concrete is also being re-done and millions of pounds ploughed into building Preston Youth Zone on the western apron of the building.

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Warning about fake Preston Bus deals on social media

Preston Bus have warned passengers about a fake deal being spread around social media sites.

The bus firm says fake deals and false special offers are being touted round Facebook.

A spokesman for Preston Bus said: It appears to be very trendy at the moment, this “Fake News” business, and Preston Bus is not immune to its affects.

It has come to our attention that a Facebook site is offering a discounted “special offer” on our tickets. The site is not run by, or affiliated in any way with Preston Bus. There is currently no competitions or special offers running ON Preston Bus tickets or passes.

“As always in these situations, if an offer looks too good to be true, it probably isn’t true, and clicking on links could leave your devices open to spam at the best, and viruses and scams at worst.

“Please be aware that any special offers, competitions or promotions run by Preston Bus will be accompanied by publicity on the Preston Bus Website, and other legitimate news outlets.”

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Woman found dead

A woman has died following an incident at Preston Bus Station, police have confirmed this evening.

Officers were called to the building at 5.20pm amid reports the woman had fallen from the roof of the station’s car park.

“Emergency services attended and found the body of a woman thought to be in her 60s close to the central bus station,” a spokeswoman for Lancashire Police said in a statement.

“She has yet to be identified, however her death is not being treated as suspicious.

“A post mortem examination will be carried out in due course.

” In September, a 49-year-old woman died after falling from the top of the Grade II listed building, leading to calls for the top level of the car park to be fenced off.

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New speedier bus service for commuters

Preston Bus has launched a new speedier service for commuters, linking an employment area to the bus station.

The firm has started a No.5 route from Oliver’s Place and Pittman Way, Fulwood, to the bus station on weekday evenings.

There will initially be three journeys at 4.35pm, 5.05pm and 5.35pm on weekdays to provide quicker trips to the city centre from North Preston Employment Area.

The service will then expand in March and include a link to Longsands.

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