Poynton. Park Lane and Fountain Place

A notable street scheme has been completed in Poynton town centre. The scheme involves the regeneration of the main shopping street, Park Lane, and the reinstatement of Fountain Place, the historic centre of the village. The streets has been redesigned with an informal central median strip, with courtesy crossings and extended pedestrian areas, unified through a common paving pattern. Traffic lights have been removed.

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 prepared with Plan-it Associates, Stockley (Civic Engineers),and others, and led by Hamilton-Baillie Associates, 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 200,000 people, and prompted interest from around the world.

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Outline proposals for new junction for Fountain Place to replace existing traffic signals
Bleak former forecourt to the lovely church
Fountain Place - Courtesy crossing
Fountain Place 2012. 26,000 vpd