New guidance to help local authorities design shared space schemes has been published by the Government.
Shared space schemes have become increasingly popular with councils wanting to regenerate local high streets.
It is up to councils to decide whether or not to use shared space on their roads, but the guidance will help those who do want to use it to implement well-designed schemes.
Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “We want councils to design high-quality public spaces which enhance the local environment and improve the lives of local people. In some cases, they will decide that shared space is the best solution.
“This new guidance will help councils who want to use shared space to improve their streetscape while making sure they take into account the needs of the whole community.”
The guidance places particular emphasis on engagement with the local community and on inclusive design, where the needs of a diverse range of people – including people with disabilities – are properly considered at all stages of the design development process.
The Local Transport Note on Shared Space can be found at http://www.dft.gov.uk/publications/ltn-01-11/