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

Further factors to consider

The Government is committed to an integrated transport policy which will reduce dependency on the private car and encourage greater use of public transport, cycling and walking. Westminster City Council has pressed for further measures to restrain traffic levels in central London.

The Government Office for London has commissioned further work to assess the implications for traffic levels in London of the Government's new approach to transport.

We are examining the impacts of the proposals in the light of other factors:

  • Drivers changing their travel habits more radically
  • The impact of measures to reduce traffic levels, such as restrictions on existing office parking
  • The impact of other major projects to promote public transport and pedestrian movement elsewhere in central London
Preliminary results show that:

  • If drivers respond in the way they say they would, then much of the additional peak period congestion forecast for Strategy 1 and Strategy 2 would not materialise. However, it could be transferred to other times of the day.
  • Strategy 1 could be implemented without additional congestion if traffic terminating in central London were reduced by 5%. Strategy 2 would require a reduction of 10%. Achieving these reductions would require restraining commuter parking at existing work places in central London or the implementation of road pricing policies.

The studies and an assessment of the impact of other major projects in central London have yet to be completed.

Horse Guards Parade: this majestic public space has been given back to people, with the removal of surface car parking. Change is possible at the very centre of London