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Preston's Levelling Up Fund

Preston's Levelling Up Fund Bid (LUF) - 'Active Preston: Transforming our Community Infrastructure'.

Preston's Levelling Up Fund is focused on supporting the city's growth recovery through high impact, visible projects and creating a liveable, healthy, sustainably connected city which brings real quality of life benefits to its local communities. It will create a more sustainable attractive and greener city, which will support the growth of the city and its neighbouring boroughs within the Central Lancashire region.

Preston's £20m award is part of almost £200m awarded to Lancashire by the Department for Levelling Up Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to 'spark transformational change' and is among more than 100 across the country awarded a share of £2.1bn from round two of the government's flagship Levelling Up Fund.

The government has also confirmed there will be a further round of the fund, providing more opportunity to level up places across the UK.

We have identified a match funding package to support our LUF bid. This funding has been identified from various sources, including the City Council, third parties and Lancashire County Council.

Key areas of investment

The following two main areas of investment, when delivered in conjunction with each other, will bring many benefits:


Investment in active travel improvements will provide a coherent network of safer, greener walking and cycling connections linking our residential, educational and employment areas, parks, city centre and neighbouring districts. It will improve linkages to the UClan campus and to key employment areas, such as the city centre, Lancashire Central and via the Guild Wheel / A59 to the proposed National Cyber Force Centre HQ at Samlesbury.

The improvements will complete the gaps in the current network to help people to walk or cycle for local trips, such as going to work, college, leisure or the shop.

Improvements include:

  • new cycle/footbridge over the River Ribble to replace the Old Tram Bridge
  • new cycle paths and walkways making them greener and safer and more user friendly. This includes segregated routes along Queen Street and Avenham Lane
  • major public realm works at Friargate South
  • new mobility hub to provide a secure cycling facility at Preston bus station

Major public realm works at Friargate South


Investment in the regeneration and improvement in four major city parks. The funding will deliver new, higher quality and more accessible sports /community facilities and pitches, pavilions, public realm and heritage safety and infrastructure improvements.

The improvements to the city's major parks through the provision of new leisure, play and sports facilities will help people stay active and healthy, as well as make them more attractive quality places, improving the well-being of communities and inspiring a sense of local pride.

Improvements include:

  • Ashton Park - the major redesign and renewal of the 32ha park, a new community sports hub and sports pavilion, 3G sports pitch and several adult and junior football pitches, with associated landscaping.
  • Moor Park (Grade II* listed) - heritage and public realm improvement works including lake restoration, bridge works and new phase 2 visitor facilities 
  • Waverley Park - a range of sports, visitor and community facilities and access improvements
  • Grange Park - accessibility and lighting improvements to support the re-opening of a building to support community use

Ashton Park Pavilion

Active Preston Levelling Up Fund Bid

Active Preston Transforming our Community Infrastructure brochure

About the Levelling Up Fund

The government's Levelling Up agenda is designed to improve opportunities for people across the UK by: 

  • boosting productivity, pay, jobs and living standards by growing the private sector, especially in those places where they are lagging 
  • spreading opportunities and improving public services, especially in those places where they are weakest 
  • restoring a sense of community, local pride and belonging, especially in those places where they have been lost 
  • empowering local leaders and communities, especially in those places lacking local agency

For more information about the government's plans for levelling up visit GOV.UK - Levelling Up Campaign.

The Levelling Up Fund is designed to invest in infrastructure that improves everyday life across the UK. The £4.8 billion fund will support a range of schemes across the UK.

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