One of London’s most famous thoroughfares has been reclaimed from the motor vehicle. This is part of plans to create a “green oasis” in the heart of the city. A section of the Strand that was often choked with red buses, black cabs and white vans is now home to a temporary skatepark. The facility will remain throughout September, while plans are finalized to turn the three-lane stretch of road into a place for relaxation and recreation. Those behind the project say they want to create a car-free cultural space where art is “made and displayed” and pedestrians can amble. “More and more people are returning to our city, so there is an urgent need to tackle issues with pedestrian congestion and safety, poor air quality and noise. Our new plans for Strand Aldwych give us an opportunity to build back better,” said Matthew Green, Westminster city councilor.

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