"Z" is for "Zone" or, in this case, "Pedestrian Zone" and today's photo shows the start of the the pedestrianised area in Fletcher Street in Ashton town centre.
Ashton has been a much more agreeable place for shoppers since traffic has been excluded from many of the shopping streets. It is hard to remember now that buses and cars used to go along Warrington Street, up the side of the Market Ground.
Market Street, running alongside the Market Hall in the photo, was once a busy two-way street. Fletcher Street, where this photo was taken, was always a side street but was still used by buses, some of which terminated here before the bus station was built.
A little square has been created at the bottom of Fletcher Street, with seating and planters arranged around a piece of sculpture entitled "The Family", making good use of the space created by removing traffic.
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See Birds Eye View of this location.
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