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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Pedestrian Zone

"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.

"Pedestrian Zone" is a contribution to ABC Wednesday. For more "Z" posts from around the world please follow this link.
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  1. need MORE ZONES for people on foot!

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. I love shopping at these no traffic zones. This will be wonderful too when completed.

  3. I like a Pedestrian Zone. We sure need more of them in Los Angeles, CA.

  4. SUCH a good idea - and that looks like such a nice place to sit. I love pedestrian areas with seating, now that I can't get around as well as I once did.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  5. Blease Opticians is still there. I was in there in 1972. Anyone remember the Art Store?

  6. Looking back, I wonder how so many buses managed to park up, drop people and manage to negotiate this spot which now looks three times as big as ones mind would remember. Yes Ian remember the "Art Shop" Burgess and Dyson sold all we needed in that area didnt they.

  7. I wish more towns were zealous about pedestrian zones! Kalamazoo had the first pedestrian mall in the US, but now it is once more a street for cars. Cars rule in Michigan, to the detriment of our economy these days.
    HelenMac, ABC Team

  8. Burgess & Dyson used to be on the corner of Fletcher St and Market St. "Sew and Sews" which sold dress fabric was opposite the Market Hall. The Dukinfield buses used to wait there- green buses, if I remember correctly


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