16 Thursday, 2 July 2009 London Lite THE POWER OF COOL www.zinodavidoff.com/coolwater TWO-WAY TRAFFIC PLAN FOR PICCADILLY 10m to reduce West End jamsA 10 MILLION plan to ease traffic congestion in the West End was unveiled today. The proposals involve reintroducing two-way traffic around Piccadilly Circus for the first time in 40 years. Westminster council chiefs hope the scheme will end the jams which blight Piccadilly, Haymarket, Lower Regent S t r e e t , P a l l M a l l a n d St Jamess Street. A complex one-way system was introduced in these streets in the Sixties to tackle growing traffic problems. But the council believes turning them into two-way streets will tackle the modern-day increase in vehicles. The revamp will include new footpaths and lighting. Street clutter, including out-of-date signs and railings, will be removed. Shaftesbury Avenue will re m a i n o ne - way, wh i le Piccadilly will remain one-way for cars from west to east -- but a bus lane is being pro- posed which will effectively make it a two-way street. Glasshouse Street will be closed to traffic at its east-side junction with Sherwood Street. The scheme forms part of Westminsters seven projects to transform central London in time for the 2012 Olympic Games. The total cost of the works will be 40m. Westminster council leader Colin Barrow today called on Mayor Boris Johnson for financial help. He said: The Mayor has been extremely supportive and invested tens of millions of pounds in West End projects. However, we cannot rest on our laurels and the task of enhancing this economically vital area of London needs as much vision, drive and fund- ing as we can muster. A date to start the Piccadilly Circus works has not been set because funding has not yet been fully secured. by bo wilson AND sIx OThER WAYs CONgEsTION IN ThE hEART OF LONDON WILL bE EAsED Leicester Square Piccadilly Circus Green Park PALL MALL STJAMESSST HAYMARKET PICCADILLY REGENTST REGENTST SHAFTESBURY AVE Trafalgar Square PALL MALL EAST Existing bus route around Piccadilly Circus Leicester Square Piccadilly Circus Green Park PALL MALL STJAMESSST PICCADILLY REGENTST Trafalgar Square HAYMARKET REGENTST SHAFTESBURY AVE PALL MALL EAST Re-routed buses around Piccadilly Circus Road closed Leicester square Centrepiece of 18m revamp is a 200-metre ribbon of white granite to provide more seating, landscaped gardens and an Olympics-themed rolling arts programme. Work is due to begin in April 2011. Portman square A 3.5m restoration of one of our finest Georgian squares, with new seating, cycle hire and art. theatreLand A 2.4m scheme to improve public squares including St Martins Court, the south of Wellington Street and Cambridge Circus. The council hopes to widen footpaths, improving pedestrian links between Leicester Square and Covent Garden. aLdwych A 2.5m programme to improve the road for pedestrians and cyclists by widening pavements and improving bike hire facilities. A pedestrian crossing will be installed on the Strand by Lancaster Place. The crossing is due to be in place in time for London Fashion Week in September, which will draw thousands of visitors to Somerset House. st martins Lane A 2m improvement, including widening pavements. west end A 2.7m extension of the Legible London scheme to help pedestrians navigate the citys streets, with improved signposts across large areas of the West End. PLANNED TRAFFIC DIRECTION ExIsTINg TRAFFIC DIRECTION Moving picture: how Piccadilly Circus would look under the proposals index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html