I have recently found out that the research being carried out during the ‘pause’ on shared space, a project the DfT co-funded with Transport Scotland into inclusive street design, has now finished and has been published here: – https://www.transport.gov.scot/publication/inclusive-design-in-town-centres-and-busy-street-areas/
The DfT is now considering the recommendations and what their next steps are in relation to guidance.
In the meantime, the ‘pause’ remains in place, but that does not mean improvements to streets cannot be made. Good street design encompasses a wide range of measures and level surfaces are not a requirement.
Will be interesting to see if this long awaited guidance is consistent with the draft National Model Design Code.