Roads: Shared Space Schemes

House of Lords written question – answered on 24th July 2012.

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Photo of Lord Flight Lord Flight Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have monitored and analysed the potential negative effects of shared space road schemes being installed in town centres in England, including the extent to which they increase the risks of crossing the road for those who are disabled, blind or partially sighted, the elderly and parents with children.

Photo of Earl Attlee Earl Attlee Lords Spokesperson (Department for Transport), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

In October 2011, the Department for Transport published guidance on the design and provision of shared space schemes. It focuses heavily on designing for disabled people in general with a particular emphasis on the needs of blind or partially sighted people. This guidance is available at

The research underpinning the guidance found no evidence that shared space schemes, including those with a level surface, as implemented in the UK, have more casualties than conventional layouts, or indeed that particular groups, including disabled people, are injured more frequently following their introduction.

It is for local authorities to monitor and analyse the performance of their own shared space schemes.

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