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

Smith Square area Traffic measures to prevent 'rat-running'

  • Access to underground car park near Victoria Gardens via Abingdon Street only
  • Left turn from Great Smith Street to Great Peter Street banned, except for cyclists
  • Great Peter Street to be one-way eastbound from Marsham Street, except for cyclists
  • Dean Stanley Street closed at eastern end (cycles exempt)
  • No right turn to/from Horseferry Road from/to either Tufton Street or Dean Bradley Street
  • No right turn at Bessborough Gardens/John Islip Street (off the plan)
  • General