Author Archives: Pete of MIP

What’s my train franchise, announcement for North of England

The new rail franchises for the north of England effecting most Preston services, except Virgin, were announced this week and beginning 1st April 2016 the train operators will be: Arriva / Rail North to operate the Northern Rail Services until … Continue reading

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Devolution of Lancashire

The councils of Lancashire are considering the benefits of combining under a single authority to obtain new powers devolved from central government.  This has been done in Greater Manchester who have agreed to have an elected Mayor.  Other cities and areas … Continue reading

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Lancashire County Council budget cuts

Lancashire County Council put a number of proposals forward to reduce their expenditure to meet the allocated budget from the government. Some headlines are the closure of the Museum of Lancashire on Stanley Street, plus several other museums including Helmshore … Continue reading

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Ribble Steam Railway announces its Santa Specials

Santa will be riding on the Ribble Steam Railway Santa Specials in Preston on Saturdays and Sundays and one Monday in December 2015. Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th December 2015 Saturday 12th, Sunday 13th  December 2015 Saturday 19th, Sunday 20th, Monday … Continue reading

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Battle of Preston 1715 Commemoration

Preston Historical Society along with the Harris Museum, UCLan and Lancashire Archives are putting on a series of events related to the Battle of Preston, the last battle on English soil.  Also an excellent series of articles in Blog Preston … Continue reading

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J.Fishwick & Sons of Leyland cease trading

Disappointing news that J.Fishwick of Leyland will cease trading after 108 years.  The last bus service was on Saturday 24th October 2015.  An announcement on their website said that anyone who had paid a deposit on a holiday would be … Continue reading

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Denis Healey RIP and his Preston Effect

Denis Healey, a forceful Londoner brought up as a Yorkshireman, died this weekend at the grand age of 98.  After impressive war service, gaining an MBE in 1945, he joined the Labour Party becoming an MP in 1952.  He was … Continue reading

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Re-imagining the Harris Museum

Jon Finch has been given the big role of re-imagining the Harris as a tourist and cultural destination for the region. The Harris is a Grade 1 listed building containing a huge collection of items and has always been a, … Continue reading

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Fishergate Centre Improvement

The fairly new mall next to Preston Railway Station is to be given a facelift subject to Council approval.  The £25m development will include a Vue Cinema, new restaurant area and better links into the car park. It’s an interesting … Continue reading

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Preston Bus Station Winning Design

Preston Bus Station’s winning design.  Not the one we’d have preferred as it looks a bit conventional and lacking impact.  Also it sits too close to the Bus Station.  A Grade 2 building is meant to be protected. One of … Continue reading

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Preston Guild Wheel

We thought we’d do a bit of walking on the 21 miles long Preston Guild Wheel circular trail.    To date the only section we’ve walked is from Avenham Park to the Docks or vice versa. Although it’s not exactly … Continue reading

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UCLan – how things change

In February UCLan unveiled ambitious plans to better integrate the university into Preston City Centre getting rid of the roundabout at Adelphi.  The plans have wide local political support and will start with the new Engineering Block next year. Having … Continue reading

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House Price Ascent

House prices in Preston fell in 2014 according to the Halifax.  Recent forecasts though are saying that the North West is likely to increase in 2015 as the London property market treads ground and prospects for improved transport infrastructure in the … Continue reading

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House Price Decline

Unfortunate to see Preston named in the bottom 10 of a national list.  Today’s Times says Preston has the 8th largest decrease in house prices in 2014 with a reduction of 2% to an average of £151,071, according to the … Continue reading

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Preston’s new University Engineering Centre

University of Central Lancashire, UCLan, recently announced a new Engineering Innovation Centre to be opened in 2018.   The new building will be located near the Adelphi close to the heart of the UCLan Campus. It will contain equipment to … Continue reading

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Preston City Region

Preston is home to Lancashire County Council and perhaps that is why Preston has never rocked the boat and become a Unitary Council such as Blackburn & Darwen and Blackpool.  Talk of devolution to the north of England opens the … Continue reading

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PNE 2nd in the table

Here is the League One standing on 30th October with Preston North End 2nd.  A game in hand on the team above. Last time something like this was posted was November 2006 with PNE 1st.  They nearly went down that season. … Continue reading

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Preston Bus Station £1 buy out and £20m investment

Lancashire County Council bought Grade II listed Preston Bus Station for £1 and this week have announced plans for its redevelopment.  These include: Reducing the number of bus bays from 80 to 40. Using only the east side for buses. … Continue reading

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Preston Guild Hall £1 Buy Out

The Guild Hall has been bought by local businessman Simon Rigby and a large trust fund set up to support arts and culture in Preston.  There are plans to invest over £1m in the Guild Hall to improve the entrance … Continue reading

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Management Redundancies at BAE and Lancashire County Council

In the last few weeks BAE SYSTEMS announced between 150 and 450 management job losses at their Warton plant.  Lancashire County Council announced 150 management job losses. BAE said they hope to re-deploy some people to other parts of the … Continue reading

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