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

Traffic in the area

We have also looked in great detail at how traffic uses the area ...

For 3 days we stopped 27,000 vehicles at all 9 entry points in the study area and asked drivers about their existing and future travel patterns

With new/existing computer models, we have a full understanding of traffic/pedestrian movements

We have discovered that almost 20% of traffic that uses the study area does not start or end its journey in Central London

We know the number of vehicles which use the roads in the study area and in the rest of Central London - the morning and evening peak hours

From the survey, we now know the breakdown of the different users in the area

80,000 people travel in 50,000 cars - the same number travel in only 4,000 buses