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

People in the area

We have traced the movements of over 10,000 people who live, work and visit the area

Trafalgar Square

People walk around the edge of the square ... the pavements are heavily congested ... Londoners do not make use of the square itself ... there are few facilities for visitors

Visitors do not make full use of the square ... the centre of the square is desolate

People take risks to cross busy roads. The King Charles I Statue for instance is an important destination for visitors ... the views are excellent ... it is a photo opportunity. In the last 5 years there have been 255 accidents of which 140 involved pedestrians


Occasionally a grand, ceremonial route, often empty. People rarely walk from Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square ... uninviting except at Horse Guards which is often over-crowded. In the last 5 years there have been 97 accidents of which 25 involved pedestrians

Parliament Square

The centre of the square is under-used ... the pavements around the edge are over-crowded ... a poor setting for a World Heritage Site.. there are currently no pedestrian crossings to get you into the square. In the last 5 years within the Parliament Square area which includes Broad Sanctuary and the Bridge Street/Embankment junction, there have been 208 accidents of which 78 involved pedestrians, one of the worst accident spots in Central London