World Squares for All is an innovative scheme set to transform some of London's key heritage sites into truly world class spaces to be enjoyed by Londoners and visitors alike.

The World Squares for All proposals emerged from a wealth of research and observations in conjunction with extensive and careful consultation.

There are three phases proposed with changes to Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and Parliament Square.

Phase one is the development of Trafalgar Square - one of the most important sites in the UK and a popular tourist attraction known throughout the world.

On 1st September 2002 traffic was removed from the north side of the square. Work will now commence on the construction of an impressive new pedestrian terrace and grand staircase linking the National Gallery with the square below.

As well as dramatically reducing noise levels in the Square, removing traffic from the north side also forms the basis of the National Gallery's plans to open new areas of their building to the public.

The new staircase will incorporate new facilities including a café serving light refreshments and drinks, public toilets and lifts for disabled access.

Following the Mayor of London's election in 2002, the co-ordination of phase one of the World Squares for All project transferred from Westminster City Council to Transport for London.

Trafalgar Square - one of the most important sites in the UK and a popular tourist attraction throughout the world - is the first site set to be improved. The aim is to enhance the appearance and environment of Trafalgar Square and reduce the impact of traffic which has made it congested and often polluted.

TFL Street Management is managing World Squares improvements to Trafalgar Square. Go to the TFL website to see how this fits in with our other work.

Our latest leaflet on the square is also available: "Trafalgar Square Is Changing For The Better"

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