Poynton Regenerated: A transformative Shared Space project

The regeneration of Poynton Town Centre and its high street, Park Lane, involved a bold approach to the busy traffic intersection in Fountain Place. Martin Cassini’s short film documents the background to the project, and the dramatic changes in the fortunes of Poynton, and explores the implications for other towns and cities struggling to cope with the impact of traffic.

For more on the project behind this film contact :

Ben Hamilton-Baillie
Hamilton-Baillie Associates Ltd
32, Kingsdown Parade
Bristol BS6 5UF UK
Tel: 0117 942 7337
Mobile: 07968 774 280

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World Streets on Sharing and Equity

The core value, the constant target in all we do and support at World Streets from the beginning is the concept of equity. Which in a world of seven billion hungry people boils down to the importance of our all finding ways to get a lot better at sharing: in our case, sharing transport, sharing streets, sharing public spaces. It is in this context that we are pleased to share with you this video.

Here are a few related references from our work that may be useful if you wish to pursue this further:

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a public entrepreneur specializing in the field of sustainability and social justice. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions -- and in the process, find practical solutions to urgent climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. More at: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7

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4 thoughts on “Poynton Regenerated: A transformative Shared Space project

  1. Interesting. However as a local resident I can report that the whole thing has been a disaster. Traffic is MUCH worse, level of accidents increased and now the gutters are collapsing due to HGV’s. Nice one!

    • I find your comments interesting. From my research, I have only found evidence to suggest that Poynton has, in large part at least, been a success. I stumbled upon this YouTube clip some months ago and was thoroughly impressed by it too, so it’s nice to see it still making the rounds. No intersection is ever going to be 100% perfect and address all user needs, but I don’t think the innovation and bravery of this Council and those who worked on the project can be underrated. Here are some other links that you might like to view: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/04/lots-cars-and-trucks-no-traffic-signs-or-lights-chaos-or-calm/5152/
      http://towns.org.uk/files/TTI-Poynton-Presentation-11th-June-13.pdf – this one in particular is of note given that it is by the Council themselves, reviewing the project.

    • As another local resident, who mostly uses this intersection as a pedestrian (but also as a motorist occasionally), I would have to disagree that it has been a disaster. It is a *lot* easier to cross the road, the traffic is slower and no heavier than before, it is just better balanced now; there is more delay on London Road, but a lot less on Chester Road, which used to have 2 mile tailbacks on the old design. The difference is that the traffic keeps moving (slowly) now and so there is less pollution and noise from it. It also looks a lot nicer than the sea of tarmac, cramped pavements, and ugly lights that were there before! It is easier for people in wheelchairs or with pushchairs too.

      The only downsides compared to the previous layout are implementation issues rather than design faults, in my opinion. The paving is a bit slippery for cyclists, there are probably not enough cues for visually impaired people (I’m not an expert on that though!) and as you say, it seems that the drains were not designed to take the weight of lorries which seems a massive oversight. So it’s not perfect, but so much better than before.


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