The Sunday Times)
March 24 2019, 12:01am,
It was hailed as the urban boulevard of the future, sweeping away kerbs, pavements and clutter to make a “shared space” where motorists would mix respectfully with pedestrians.
Now Britain’s flagship £30m “naked street” is to be remodelled in what its opponents say sounds the death knell for the concept.
Street furniture including planters will be reinstalled to separate cars and pedestrians once again along Exhibition Road in Kensington, west London, seven years after it was torn out.
Kensington and Chelsea council, which implemented the scheme, says the changes are to “improve safety” and “protect pedestrians”.
It has acted after research carried out for the council found a “significant overall increase” in traffic speeds on the street since 2013.
Town hall officials had claimed the…