Shared space campaigners keep up pressure on Govt


On the anniversary of a damning report into shared space by a cross-party committee of MPs, a letter supported by 48 organisations from across the UK has called on the prime minister to enact its recommendations.

The report condemned shared space road design and called for the introduction of new shared space schemes to be halted, pending the development of national guidance based on the principle of ‘inclusive design'; and for the review and modification of existing schemes.

The National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK) along with Blind Veterans UK and the Alzheimer's Society have signed the letter, which calls on the Government to implement 'the recommendations of the Women and Equalities Select Committee report without delay'.

They were also joined by campaigning MP Jess Phillips, a member of the select committee. 

Jess Phillips MP with anti-shared space campaigners at Number 10

The letter states: 'The Governments response issued on 15th March 2018 clearly fails to address the key recommendations made in the report. The response makes reference to the recently produced Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation recommendations which confirmed that shared space roads are not inclusively designed, however, the CIHT report does not address the key recommendations made in the Women and Equalities Select Committee Report, contrary to what is said in the response of the Government.'

The news comes after Sandy Taylor the NFBUK shared space spokesperson in Scotland petitioned the Scottish Parliament to stop shared space and secured agreement that the underlying guidance will be changed.

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