Guide Dogs Charity slams Council's £42m for Exhibition Road shared surface street.
30th July 2009
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National charity Guide Dogs, with the West Lonodn Residents Association, urged the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council to change their plans to turn exhibition Road into a dangerous shared surface street at a cost of £42m. 

Campaigners marched along Kensington High Street to Council Offices where they met Councillor Paget-Brown, responsible for transport in the Borough.

David Cowdrey, Campaigns Manager from Guide Dogs commented.  "The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council is showing a blatant disregard for the safety and independence of vulnerable pedestrians such as blind and partially sighted people, disable and elderly people, and young children.

"They want to spend £42m on a street design that discriminates against large sections of the community.  We want the plans altered immediately so that no one is excluded and there are safe footways for all pedestrians.  If people can't tell where the road begins and the pavement ends, how can you feel safe?"

Guide Dogs 'Say NO to shared streets' campaign aims to stop the implementation of shared surface streets - when the road and pavement are built at the same level, with no kerb- across the UK.  Pedestrians, cyclists and drivers are expected to share the same road, making eye contact to establish who moves first.


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