‘It’s hazardous for everyone’: Your views on Preston's shared space

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A question mark hangs over the future of shared space following the launch of a Government review - and readers are frankly delighted.

New research will be conducted into the safety of such scheme - where vehicles and pedestrians have equal right of way - and many new schemes in the design stages will be paused.

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It means Lancashire County Council is facing renewed pressure to redesign its controversial “shared space” on Preston’s main shopping street Fishergate - even though this is a four year old development and has small kerbs.

Disability charities have long campaigned for changes to the country’s shared spaces schemes saying they exclude blind pedestrians.

Here's what you had to say about our story:

Well it’s coming apart at the seams anyway and will need major maintenance soon, the developer should have to wear the cost bit of course the tax payer will pay again.

Ian Hughes

Good! It has been horrendous. Let’s have the traffic lights back in.

Patricia Swarbrick

I’m glad. It has never been a shared space. Transport has never given way to pedestrians.

Time to fully pedestrianise Fishergate? Many other city centres have managed to pedestrianise their high streets, why not Preston?

Rob Randell

As a blind person I never go to Fishergate anymore as it’s too dangerous. It relies on eye contact between driver and pedestrians. But Preston are still going ahead with another one. Why?

Nikki Helme

Does that mean I can get my fines back that my husband got?

Joany O’Connor

Was a stupid idea in the first place to make it shared.

Jackie Jones

Excellent. Never did work what a waste of money.

Carole Ann Bell

Put the traffic lights back in like it used to be and refund all the drivers who suffered fines because of a stupid idea that was never going to work in the first place.

Joe Taylor

Don’t get me started on that mess up they call the “Shared Space” ..... one of the council’s epic fails in my opinion.

Sharon Reeves

It’s hazardous for everyone but yes especially the blind and partially sighted!

Claire Bird

Drivers do not stop for the crossings that are there tactile flooring is there but drivers are too selfish to stop to let people use it.

Chris Davies

The shared space is dangerous, and taking away the pelican crossings on the junctions of the side streets? Slow hand clap for whoever thought that one up. I avoid Preston if I can help it now - as much as I’d like to support businesses, I’d rather shop online rather than play crossing roulette.

Ann Langley

Its hazardous full stop! It seems clear to me that most motorists have no idea what ‘shared space’ means.

Jackie Tew