Author Archives: Pete of MIP

Electrification Upgrade of Rail between Preston and Manchester 2017 to May 2018

As stated on Network Rail website: Work has been undertaken on the route to assess bridges and tunnels to ensure that there is sufficient clearance for overhead power cables to be installed. To date, we have rebuilt an aqueduct, 15 road bridges, … Continue reading

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Preston to Blackpool Rail Closure 11 Nov 2017 to 25 Mar 2018

  As written on the Network Rail and Northern Rail websites: Better rail journeys across the north of England are coming – we’re upgrading this key route, paving the way for more reliable journeys with more space for passengers Changes … Continue reading

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Redundancies at BAE Systems

It was announced that 750 posts will go at the Warton and Samlesbury sites of BAE Systems in Lancashire.   Work on Typhoon and Hawk is decreasing.   Contracts with Saudi Arabia and Qatar continue to be discussed. 400 jobs will also … Continue reading

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Preston’s Streets Get Fully Dressed at the Harris

Street’s of Change and Preston Street Style are the names of two of the autumn exhibitions at the Harris Museum & Art Gallery in Preston. Both exhibitions were officially opened at 5pm on Wednesday 11th  October and on the same … Continue reading

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Big Transport Upgrades Around Preston

Transport matters have heated up around Preston with both road and rail having big upgrades. On the train the electrification to Manchester and Blackpool is going into its final phase in November with the closure of the line to Blackpool … Continue reading

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Lytham 1940s Weekend – 19/20 August 2017 – Saturday Report

Following from the Lytham Festival is the Lytham 1940s Weekend.  The Green taken over by the event, plus the shops getting into the mood with staff dressed in the style. Here are some of our photos from the first part … Continue reading

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Ribble Steam Railway trains at Easter

Ribble Steam Railway on Preston Docks will be running steam-diesel trains on Good Friday, Saturday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from 11am.  Trains every 45 minutes or thereabouts. Museum and Workshop, Shop and Cafe to enjoy as well.

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Preston North End 8th in the Championship

After 40 games out of 46 on the 6th April PNE are within striking distance of the play-offs. Let’s record this position as a sign of a good season and well done to the players, manager and owner.  Three of … Continue reading

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Preston’s Building Year

2016 has been quite a year for the centre of Preston.  The biggest thing to be noticed is that Fishergate looks a lot more attractive.  As a pedestrian it’s now a pleasing place to be. Winckley Square has been re-modelled … Continue reading

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Fulwood Barracks to be closed

Grade 2 listed Fulwood Barracks, one of the few intact from its time, is to be closed as a barracks.   This follows a property revue by the Ministry of Defence who are to close several other older and smaller … Continue reading

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Victorian Slum

In October on BBC2 a four part re-enactment of life in an East London Victorian Slum through 1860 to 1890.  Hard to believe this was only 120 years ago.  Living hand-to-mouth with no income for no work and no health provision. … Continue reading

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Museum of Lancashire On Ice

The Museum of Lancashire in Stanley Street closes on the 30th September except for school visits.  Negotiations are underway with a group who could re-open it in the new year. Other Lancashire County Council operated museums in a similar situation … Continue reading

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Winckley Square Restoration Visit

Winckley Square is being restored and work is well underway.  Paths are being resurfaced and a direction marker will be placed in the centre pointing to items of historical interest around the square.  The Peel statue will be cleaned and … Continue reading

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Winckley Square, Covered Market and Harris Museum

Several interesting projects are moving ahead in Preston as reported only 2 months ago and now we have 3 more with progress to report. Work has started to restore Winckley Square which will have as its main feature a lit walkway … Continue reading

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Heritage Open Days in Preston 2016 – 8 places

In 2016 Heritage Open Days are Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September.   Here is the list of Preston venues: Lancashire Conservation Studios,  Saturday 10th September, Tours 10.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm. Harris Museum & Art Gallery,  Saturday 10th September, 10am to 5pm. … Continue reading

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Preston pipped by Lancaster for the highest EU Remain Vote in Lancashire

In the EU Referendum all 14 Lancashire areas voted to leave.   By percentage votes it went Preston 53/47 for leave,  Lancaster 51/49 for leave.  Highest leave was Blackpool 67/33 with Burnley next 66/34. Preston and Lancaster have large student … Continue reading

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June is bustin’ out with Preston Building Proposals

June brought us four interesting proposals for existing major buildings in Preston. First we had a proposal to turn the historic Corn Exchange into a swish VIP bar and nightclub. Next came a plan for the iconic Park Hotel building overlooking … Continue reading

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Lancashire Archives funding campaign for Horrocks Collection

John Horrocks – A Textile Pioneer The Lancashire Archives are held in Bow Lane Preston and contain an extensive collection of textile information reflecting Lancashire’s position as the centre of the world’s textile industry in the 19th and early 20th … Continue reading

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Preston Bus Station Design Changes

It was announced that the proposed Youth Zone building was too close to the listed bus station building (something we commented on in our first post on the subject).  The building has been moved to retain the integrity of the … Continue reading

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Transport Improvements all around Preston

Trams, trains, roads are in the news. Trampower, the company who have been promoting a light rail system in Preston, are pushing to be allowed to run a one mile test track in Deepdale. This will use the old Longridge … Continue reading

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