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

Strategy 1 Traffic

Trafalgar Square area

  • Orange Street cut at Whitcomb Street. Direction of one-way reversed to become eastbound, to the east of Whitcomb Street.
  • Trafalgar Square: north side - closed to all traffic east side - all traffic northbound, buses and cycles only southbound south side - two way traffic; crossings to make it easier to get between the Square and Whitehall west side - open to all traffic southbound
  • Northbound link from Cockspur Street to Pall Mall East (west of Canada House) for buses, taxis and cycles only
  • Cockspur Street: buses only eastbound, general traffic and bus lane westbound
  • Spring Gardens remains one-way southbound.
  • The Mall: access only from Whitehall northbound, exit only to Cockspur Street
  • Strand (south of Duncannon Street): buses, cycles and taxis only east bound, general traffic and a bus lane westbound
  • Northumberland Avenue: widened pavements; at Trafalgar Square access only from the Strand, exit only to Whitehall southbound; motorcycle parking and bus stand moved from centre to side; junction with Whitehall Place: existing traffic signals removed
  • Whitehall area

    Parliament Square area

    Smith Square area