This 14-minute video
shows a regeneration scheme in Poynton, on the outer fringes of the Manchester conurbation, where East Cheshire Council has transformed a major road junction (first 6 mins) into a continental-style 'shared space', using quality design to make drivers feel that they are entering a space where pedestrians are free to cross the roads and drivers must look out for them.
Shared space isn't everyone's cup of tea. Groups representing blind and partially-sighted people voice concerns about the loss of kerblines, which they say are essential for their ability to find their way safely along pavements. Some cyclists are also sceptical, saying that cyclists should have dedicated space - not be expected to share space - when traffic volumes are this high.
We will need to see what the statistics say about whether this has helped encourage more people to walk and cycle in this area (including blind and partially sighted pedestrians) and improved cyclists' and pedestrians' safety. However, from the video, it certainly looks impressive - and surely it is at any rate a vast improvement on what was there before!
It will be interesting to see what you make of it - particularly if you live nearby or cycle in the area.
Campaigns & Policy Director