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In pictures: Local people predict Knightsbridge nightmare

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A new proposal to merge road and pavements outside Harrods has drawn this comic response from local residents

Kensington and Chelsea council are consulting on proposals that could see all road signs removed from an intersection at the rear of the store and the road and pavement merged. The intention is for pedestrians and motorists to interact more politely and safely, with no barriers to separate them.

Residents, who have campaigned against the proposal for nearly a year, created this vision of the chaos they predict it will cause. There is particular concern for the disabled.

The work is expected to take nine months at a cost of £1 million. A similar scheme is in place in Sloane Square, and another is planned for Exhibition Road in South Kensington.

Local resident Farih Tabbah, 57, said: ‘The council is continuing this nonsense of what has become a nightmare residential area around Harrods.

‘We want what common sense dictates - that pavements are for walking and streets are for driving.’

According to Tabbah, shared surface schemes originated in Dutch villages, where people knew each other, and is entirely unsuitable for the congestion of central London.

Kensington and Chelsea council transport chief Nicholas Paget-Brown said: ‘A consultation with residents on four different options is currently under way. This reflects the wishes of the local people to have a wider range of options other than the original allowed.’

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  • Brighton Council did this a couple of years ago at New Road next to Royal Pavillion and Pavillion Gardens. It has been a great success and defiantly works. Granted it doesn't sound the best idea in practice but I believe people will be pleasantly surprised like I was when seeing a similar scheme implemented. In Brighton the road is now more or less a pedestrianised street as most car drivers are not aware it is actually a road and choose to use others to get from A to B. Those car drivers who are aware of it drive very slowly as people walk in the middle of it. The picture above is a prediction which will be proved wrong. That is what defiantly will not happen.

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  • I like how they have added an overflowing rubbish bin, teenagers hanging out, and a beggar. Its hilarious!

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  • Will it make any difference? ... Isn't that what it looks like now?

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