Controversial shared space zone on Southend seafront is set to close overnight for three weeks to make it safer for pedestrians to cross. Marine Parade will be shut between 7pm and 7.30am from Mondays to Saturdays, starting on April 15, to allow four informal crossings to be installed in an area where two children were involved in accidents.‘Informal’ crossings..?
Complaints about the shared space zone, in which pedestrians, drivers and cyclists are encouraged to mix freely, emerged shortly after it opened in March 2011.Actually, they were around long before that! And they have, ever since opening, been pooh-poohed by Southend Council, who insisted they were perfectly safe and would not be changed.
Until they were.
So, just how will these ‘non-shared-space’ areas look?
The new paving will appear as wavy grey and white lines running at right-angles to the pavements. They will be positioned outside Chinnerys, the Hope Hotel, Circus Circus arcade and the Happidrome.Basically, then, like washed-out zebra crossings? Isn't that going to be even more confusing?