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Trafalgar Square ‘shambles’

The pedestrianisation of the north side of Trafalgar Square in 2003 has been a disaster according to the director of the National Gallery that fronts onto the space.

“The chief result of pedestrianisation has been the trashing of civic space,” Nicholas Penny told The Times. “It’s impossible for anyone in my position not to really want the traffic back.”

Many of Penny’s criticisms appeared to be directed at the noise and behaviour of those in the square,...

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