A notable street scheme has been completed in Poynton town centre in Cheshire. The scheme involved the regeneration of the main shopping street, Park Lane, and the reinstatement of Fountain Place, the historic centre of the village. The streets have been redesigned with  greatly extended pedestrian areas. All traffic lights have been removed, and average speeds significantly reduced to create a more responsive and civilised interaction amongst pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

This busy intersection at the heart of the town was formerly a hostile and congested traffic space, dominated by traffic signals and road markings. These have all been replaced with an informal junction involving two inter-connected roundels. The project was finished early in 2012.

The project won the 2013 Highways Magazine Annual Awards for congestion reduction, and was runner-up in the 2013 CIHT ‘Streets’ awards (Highly Commended). It was one of three finalists in the Academy of Urbanism “Great Streets” award 2014.

The scheme was designed by Hamilton-Baillie Associates and prepared with Planit-IE Landscape Architects, on behalf of Cheshire East Council and Poynton Town Council.

Click here to view Poynton Regenerated 15 minute film by Martin Cassini, Equality Streets. This describes the background and outcome of the schemes, the views of local residents, and explores the implications of this groundbreaking project. The film has now been viewed by over 250,000 people, and prompted interest from around the world.

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