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This from Transport for All:
The Department for Transport (DfT) has made a major announcement on shared space road, calling on local authorities to pause any new development of these schemes. This is part of their Inclusive Mobility Strategy, published a few days ago.
This is a major victory for Disabled activists and organisations, who have been campaigning on this issue. Transport for All has been calling on the Government and local authorities to take immediate action to prevent these schemes from turning our high streets and public spaces into ‘no-go’ zones for Disabled and older people.
In its strategy, the DfT says “While we consider the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) and Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC)’s recommendations and how to take them forward, we are requesting that local authorities pause any shared space schemes incorporating a level surface they are considering, and which are at the design stage. We are also temporarily suspending Local Transport Note 1/11. This pause will allow us to carry out research and produce updated guidance.”
Transport for All trustee, Mohammed Mohsanali says:“This is a fantastic news for all Disabled and older people. As a visually impaired myself, the shared spaces are extremely dangerous and a death trap, because there are no kerbs, tactile marking or traffic lights to keep me safe from the moving traffic. And obviously I can’t make eye-contact with the drivers.”