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More plaudits for shared space

Plaudits and prizes continue to come in for Ashford’s shared space scheme.

The pioneering scheme has scooped a top national award for town regeneration and local and regional media have heralded the new road system after it marked its first anniversary without a single person being injured. Average traffic speeds have also been cut.

The scheme picked up the award at the prestigious Royal Town Planning Institute ceremony in London’s Hilton Hotel, Park Lane.

Meanwhile positive media headlines have included ‘Ashford’s shared streets hailed a success‘ - BBC, ‘Shared space the way forward for other towns’ - Kentish Express, ‘Shared space staying safe’ – Ashford Herald while Radio Kent covered the scheme’s success during their breakfast and morning shows over Christmas.

Ashford shared space has now won nine awards for regeneration, innovation, street design, landscaping and for the best ‘public realm’.

Speeds have also been slashed – from 85% of drivers travelling at 30mph 12 months ago to an average of just 21.5mph now.