When I heard about how the space between the docks and Southgate Street was to be developed (through the Linkages Scheme), I thought it was brilliant news, and also the interesting idea of “Shared Space” between vehicles and pedestrians, IE both using the same bit of road and taking care not to run into each other. I have heard about it before in other towns, so though it would be good.
The Linkages scheme over ran badly, though not all the fault of the contractors, there was some archeology issues and other things, but it is reported in the paper today that all is well and looking great.
However, I must say that I think the Shared space is a really badly executed idea. I had the misfortune of driving up it the other day, and I found the lack of signage very disconcerting. I knew what I was driving into, and even I was a bit unsettled, imagine how a visitor must feel. There is a desperate need for clear signage about what you are going to drive into and what rules exist. With families and especially kids,
As a pedestrian, I really like the way the shared space seems to extend Southgate street and makes the shops further down much more accessible. So that part of it has worked nicely.
So, whats my answer. I think that the Shared space that is on Southgate street should be Pedestrian Only! (obviously with caveats for deliveries etc).
Have the traffic be able to navigate round the Triangle, bit, with a pick up/drop off point, and I would even be happy with that as shared space with good signage, but there is no need for all of Southgate Street to be shared space that I can see, and it would make it a much safer place and a nicer place to walk up and down.