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Pedestrianisation and politics: A case study

Melia, Steven; Shergold, Ian


Steven Melia
Senior Lecturer in Transport Planning


Proposals to pedestrianise or close roads to traffic are often controversial. This article analyses the impact of partial pedestrianisation, using a case study conducted in Brighton, UK. Before-and-after studies found a modest traffic reduction within the area and an increase in cycling during the week, but no significant overall modal shift. There was a high level of public support for the pedestrianisation scheme. One of the streets was closed to traffic on weekends only, but there was public support for this to be extended to weekdays as well. Over two-thirds of visitors to the area arrived using sustainable modes; less than 3% had parked in the immediate area. The changes were controversial and contested, and the outcome was a compromise. This article analyses the process and draws lessons for other cities.


Melia, S., Melia, S., & Shergold, I. (2018). Pedestrianisation and politics: A case study. Proceedings of the ICE - Transport, 171(1), 30-41.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Acceptance Date Mar 15, 2017
Publication Date Feb 1, 2018
Journal Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Transport
Print ISSN 0965-092X
Electronic ISSN 1751-7710
Publisher Thomas Telford
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 171
Issue 1
Pages 30-41
Keywords transport planning, traffic engineering, local government, pedestrianization, urban design
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