Proposed £28m revamp of The Strand could signal the end of The Aldwych gyratory system

A proposed £28m revamp of a section of The Strand could see the end of The Aldwych gyratory system.

The ambitious plans, which are backed by Westminster City Council, would see the 200 meter section of The Strand to the south of Aldwych paved over and given over to pedestrian traffic, whilst The Aldwych itself becomes a two-way traffic system, ending the chaos which has blighted The Strand on the approach to Waterloo Bridge, which is regularly brought to a standstill by the sheer volume of buses, as well as other road users.

The are hosts a plethora of high profile venues and buildings, such as Somerset House, Kings College, and a number of hotels and theatres.

Among the proposed revamp, a new plaza will surround St Mary Le Strand (The RAF) Church, as well as Improved connections to The South Bank, Covent Garden and the West End.

The proposals could also see an improvement in air quality, as well as an improvement in facilities for both walking and cycling.

Westminster City Council are now looking to hear the views and opinions of businesses and organisations as well as the general public on these draft design ideas. The Strand and Aldwych Consultation will run from 30 January 2019 to 13 March 2019.

Cllr Richard Beddoe, Cabinet Member for Planning and Place Shaping, said: “This historic gateway into the West End is home to some of the capital’s most famous cultural and academic institutions, as well as a major leisure destination in its own right with landmark theatres, hotels and other attractions. “But the future success of the area is at risk because of traffic, poor air quality and inadequate public spaces. So working with local organisations we’ve developed some fresh ideas for the Strand Aldwych. These concept designs have come together following a great deal of discussion with local groups and we now want to get as much feedback as possible. “Nothing is set in stone at this stage and we look forward to having constructive discussions as to how we can deliver a world-class scheme that benefits Westminster and London for many years to come.”

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