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

Whitehall area

  • Whitehall: new bus, cycle and taxi lanes, wider pavements and improved setting for the Cenotaph
  • The Mall: existing pedestrian crossing relocated adjacent to junction of Horse Guards Road to become a 'toucan' crossing (pedestrians and cyclists)
  • Horse Guards Road: cycles and essential access only
  • Great George Street junction with Storey's Gate: new traffic signals with cyclist and pedestrian crossings
  • Embankment: improved pedestrian crossings
  • Whitehall Place: banned right turns to and from Whitehall
  • Whitehall Court: no entry retained at southern end; residents parking maintained; access affected by banned turns to Whitehall Place and Horse Guards Avenue
  • Horse Guards Avenue: wider pavements and banned right turns to Whitehall and Victoria Embankment
  • Richmond Terrace: less car parking and wider pavements
  • Parliament Square area

    Smith Square area