The scheme aimed to radically change the way London Road was used to make it pedestrian friendly and improve the quality of its public realm.
The improvements to London Road, to the north of Southampton city centre, were opened in September 2008.
The design adopted a minimalist approach to traffic management kit and other street furniture. Southampton City Council intentionally associated the term ‘shared space’ with the scheme. However, it is perhaps best described as a ‘better balanced’ street, in which the needs of all users are now given appropriate consideration.
The council’s aim was that the London Road design should be a quality benchmark for future work in the city - and it has succeeded in achieving this challenging objective.
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