Senior figures from the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) have met a Department for Transport (DfT) minister to discuss the CIHT’s recent review of shared space and the Government’s accessibility action plan.
The CIHT said its chief executive Sue Percy and Urban Design Panel chair Peter Dickinson spoke with Nusrat Ghani for 45 minutes on Tuesday (1 May) to talk through the two strategies, along with efforts to promote diversity, inclusion and skills within the sector.
CIHT president Sue Percy
Ms Percy said the minister thanked the CIHT for its work on shared space and agreed that the Government will respond ‘in due course’ to the recommendations in the review.
She said: ‘We are very pleased to have met with the minister to discuss the creation of better streets and to have talked with her about our work on diversity and inclusion as well as developing skills in the sector.’
The CIHT’s ‘Creating Better Streets’ review was published in January. It recommends that the Government, local authorities and the transport sector no longer use the phrase ‘shared space’ but instead start to use three more specific terms when developing future schemes designed to reduce the dominance of motor vehicles. They are: ‘pedestrian prioritised streets’, ‘informal streets’ and ‘enhanced streets’.
The Institution also argued in the review that the Government considers legislation to allow local authorities to give pedestrians priority on certain streets, clarifies the legal position of users of ‘courtesy crossings’ and reviews guidance for appropriate kerb heights and tactile paving for the benefit of visually impaired people.
Last week Transport Network revealed that the DfT is set to publish its accessibility action plan this summer.