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 2 Traffic

Trafalgar Square area

  • Orange Street cut at Whitcomb Street. Direction of one-way reversed to become eastbound, to the east of Whitcomb Street.
  • Pall Mall East: two way for buses only
  • Duncannon Street: closed to all traffic except cyclists; essential access from the Strand
  • Trafalgar Square:
    north side - closed to all traffic
    south side - two way traffic
    west side - two way for buses only
  • Trafalgar Square east side and St Martin's Place: two way for buses and cyclists only
  • Southbound link from Pall Mall East to Cockspur Street (west of Canada House) for buses and cycles only, to allow terminating buses to turn
  • Cockspur Street: two way general traffic
  • Spring Gardens becomes two-way for all traffic
  • The Mall: no left turn to Cockspur Street
  • Northumberland Avenue: no right turn to Trafalgar Square
  • No left turn into Northumberland Avenue from the Strand (except cycles)
  • The Strand (south of Duncannon Street): one bus lane and one general traffic lane in each direction and bus stops relocated from Duncannon Street
  • More pedestrian crossings from south of Square
  • Northumberland Avenue: widened pavements
  • Whitehall area

    Parliament Square area

    Smith Square area