Construction on a £14M overhaul of Piccadilly Circus in London has completed with the opening this week of an extra 480m² of footpath, new central pedestrian strips and street signalling.
The improvements were designed to ease congestion for pedestrians and vehicles.
London mayor Boris Johnson said the works provided “new life” for the capital by removing superflous street furniture and restoring two-way traffic for the first time in 50 years. Some 51 lighting columns, 34 unnecessary signs and 825m of pedestrian guard rail were removed under the project, which was led by Westminster City Council, Transport for London (TfL) and the Crown Estate. Westminster City Council contributed £3.5M to the overall total cost of scheme, TfL £7M and Crown Estate a further £3.5M.
“Schemes like this and the Oxford Circus diagonal crossing help protect the long-term competitiveness of the West End as a international visitor destination, which is particularly important in this challenging economic climate,” said Crown Estate chief executive Roger Bright.