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

Whitehall area

Parliament Square area

  • Parliament Square: south side - closed to all traffic, new pedestrian crossings to the Square
  • Right turn from Bridge Street to Parliament Street for buses and cycles only
  • Parliament Square east, St Margaret's Street and Abindgon Street: access for buses, coaches for the Abbey, taxis and cycles only plus cars accessing Parliament, i.e. no through route for general traffic
  • Taxi rank in Broad Sanctuary moved to the western side of Parliament Square.
  • Coach drop-off point relocated from Broad Sanctuary to Tothill Street
  • Storey's Gate made one-way southbound from Great George Street to Matthew Parker Street, and northbound from Tothill Street to Matthew Parker Street, with contra-flow cycle lane
  • Smith Square area