Government Should Halt Shared-Space Schemes

Government Should Halt Shared-Space Schemes

Home / News | posted on 26 04 2017

A Government select committee calls for a halt to all shared space schemes "pending clear national guidance that explicitly addresses the needs of disabled people".

The report produced by the committee, Building for Equality: Disability and the Built Environment, finds that the Government should not shy away from the debate on 'shared spaces' and take leadership. In light of the evidence that such schemes are excluding disabled people from the areas in which they are used, urgent action is needed. It recommends that "the Government takes a clear lead and urgently replaces the 2011 Local Transport Note on shared spaces with new guidance, founded on an inclusive design approach, to ensure that any resultant schemes are inclusive, navigable and welcoming for disabled people". They go on to say "We were concerned to hear that the Government now appears to expect the results of the review of shared spaces by the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation to be the identification of gaps in evidence - not new guidance - leaving no clear plan to address the lack of a common approach on shared spaces that takes full account of the extensive concerns of disabled people and the organisations that represent them. The Government does not seem to have grasped the seriousness of the barrier to inclusion that certain features (or the lack of certain features) present to so many disabled people".

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