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

Environmental gain/traffic pain

Reaching a balanced decision The hundreds of ideas developed during the study have been grouped together into two Strategies to enable the traffic impacts to be assessed.

There are clear environmental advantages within the study area of both Strategies which can be weighed against the impacts of increased traffic congestion elsewhere.

In giving us your views, you may decide you like elements from one Strategy combined with elements of the other. There may also be components you do not support in either option.

Whatever you decide, please let us know by filling in the questionnaire.

Westminster City Council thinks that Strategy 2 will bring real environmental improvements to the study area but it considers that the extra disadvantages to traffic compared to Strategy 1 outweigh the extra advantages for the study area unless wider measures for reducing traffic in central London are introduced.

London Transport shares these concerns about Strategy 2 due to the predicted increase in journey times for buses in central London.

Summary of achievements and objectives The chart below summarises the achievements of the two strategies and compares them them to the objectives of the brief. We believe that we have gone some way towards achieving a balance between the conflicting requirements of this complex and important site. We need your views to know how to take the strategies further.