World Squares for All

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The client identified 4 key requirements

People in the area

Traffic in the area

The studies confirm the need to improve the balance between people and traffic

What will happen to people and traffic

Trafalgar Square


Parliament Square

St Martin's Place and Northumberland Avenue

Horse Guards Parade and Route to River

Raleigh Gardens and Whitehall's hidden spaces

Old Palace Yard

Broad Sanctuary and Residential Areas


Strategy 1 Traffic

Strategy 2 Traffic

Where will the traffic go?

What will the strategies do?

Further factors to consider

Strategy 1 People

Strategy 2 People

Design choices

Environmental gain/traffic pain

A vision for the future


In more detail ... we started a year ago consulting with key interest groups who identified a range of ideas and approaches for the area

We widened the consultation group to include a total of over 130 organisations

Accommodation and Works Committee, House of Commons
Ancient Monuments Society
Association of Leading Visitor Attractions
Association of Professional Tourist Guides
Association of Residents in Mayfair
Banqueting House
Bayswater Residents Association
Big Bus Company
Blue Triangle
Boroughs Cycling Officers Group
British Motorcyclist Federation
British Transport Police
Cabinet Office
Cabinet War Rooms
Canadian High Commission
Central London Partnership
Centre for Accessible Environments
Charles Owen
Civic Trust
Confederation of Passenger Transport
Corporation of London Council for British Archaeology
Countryside Commission (re Thames Path)
Coutts & Co
Covent Garden Area Trust
Covent Garden Community Association
Cross River Partnership
Crown Estate
Department of Education and Employment
Department of Health
Department of Social Security
Disability Action Westminster
Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee
English Heritage
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Freight Transport Association
Garden History Society
Georgian Group
Great Peter Street Residents Association
Great Smith Street Neighbourhood Conservation Group
Greater London Association of Disabled People
Grosvenor and Regency Estate Tenants and Residents Association Grosvenor Estate
Guild of Registered Tourist Guides
Headquarters Household Division
Her Majesty's Treasury
Heritage Lottery Fund
HRH Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture
HRH Prince of Wales Office
Institution of Civil Engineers
Institution of Mechanical Engineers
International Council on Monuments and Sites
Joint Committee on Mobility for Disabled People
Joint Council of National Amenity Societies
Land Securities Properties Ltd
Leicester Square Association
Licensed Taxi Drivers Association
Lloyds/TSB plc
London Ambulance Service
London Borough of Brent
London Borough of Camden
London Borough of Lambeth
London Borough of Southwark
London Borough of Wandsworth
London Chamber of Commerce London Coach Forum
London Cycling Campaign
London Fire and Civil Defence Authority
London First
London Planning Advisory Committee
London Pride Sightseeing
London Regional Passengers Committee
London Tourist Board
Lord Chamberlain's Office
Mayfair Piccadilly and St James's Association
Methodist Central Hall
Metropolitan Police
Middlesex Guildhall
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries & Food
Ministry of Defence
National Car Parks Ltd
National Express Coaches
National Federation of Shopmobility
National Gallery
National Portrait Gallery
NFRPAC Pensioners Voice
Nigerian High Commission
North Court Residents Association
No 10 Downing Street
Nottingham House Tenants Association Owner Drivers Society
PACE (Property Advisers to the Civil Estate)
Perspectives on Architecture
Police Consultative Committee
Port of London Authority
Public Art Development Trust
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre
Residents Association of Mayfair
River Thames Society
Road Haulage Association
Round London Sightseeing Tour Operators Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Royal Fine Art Commission
Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
Royal Society of Arts
Scottish Office
Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings
Society of London Theatre
Soho Society
South African High Commission
South Bank Employers Group
South Westminster Triangle Association St James's Resident's Association
St Martin-in-the-Fields
Strand, Aldwych and Trafalgar Square Association
TGWU (Cab Section)
Thames Advisory Group
The Pedestrians Association
Thorney Island Society
Trafalgar Square 2000
Traffic Control Systems Unit
Twentieth Century Society
Ugandan High Commission
Urban Design Group
Victorian Society
Vincent Square Residents Association
Westminster Abbey/St Margaret's Church
Westminster Chamber of Commerce
Westminster Cycling Campaign
Westminster Highways Consultancy
Westminster Property Owners Association
Westminster School
Westminster Society
Westminster Transport Forum
Whitehall Court Residents
and developed 4 options

Their views favoured Options B and C with greater pedestrianisation. We have developed them to create 2 Strategies

The main difference between Strategy 1 and Strategy 2 is to restrict traffic to just buses, taxis and essential vehicles on the east side of Parliament Square.
These 2 Strategies are now illustrated more fully ... we want your help to produce a visionary yet viable masterplan for the area