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Pedestrian progress

Letters

While we can all gain experience and good practice elsewhere I felt the article 'Walk the talk' (NCE 28 September) was somewhat demeaning of the innumerable pedestrianisation schemes throughout the UK.

It may be that some fall short of the high standard achieved in Copenhagen. Certainly from my own experience of continental schemes, usually on holiday when in a more relaxed frame of mind, I could support the view that the Continentals often display more flair and originality in the aesthetics.

But in support of good UK practice I would cite the achievements in York. In the late 1970's, North Yorkshire County Council and York City Council, its agent authority, carried out the Greater York travel study, in which pedestrianisation was key feature.

Much of the package was unacceptable at the time but to their credit, the two authorities embarked on a phased programme of implementation such that over the last 20 years practically the whole package has been accomplished - 'a bit here and a bit there'.

Professionals and politicians need the belief that what they are planning by way of traffic displacement is the right way forward and that, given patience, pedestrian schemes will come good in the end.

Roger H King, 40 Briergate, Haxby, York, YO32 3YP

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