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Pedestrianisation of London's Trafalgar Square started this week when the north side of the square was permanently closed to traffic.

The National Gallery will be linked to the square via a grand staircase, with improvements to lighting, paving and street furniture in the new public space. Pall Mall East is already closed to traffic and the west side of the square has also been shut until the scheme is complete in February to allow access for construction vehicles. In the new layout, the Charles I traffic island to the south of the square will operate as a mini roundabout.

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