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Pedestrians get right of way

A new London walkway, running north-south from Highgate via Regent's Park to the Thames, will be launched during Urban Design Week, 20-26 September.

The 'London North City Walk' is the brainchild of urban designer Anthony Meats, supported by Dan Bone of CIVIX, Ove Arup & Partners and Alan Baxter & Associates.

'This is an attempt to take the pedestrian in London seriously,' says Meats. 'But it isn't just a footpath - it's a piece of landscape infrastructure, linking different parts of the city together.'

Meats sees the walkway as a stimulus to new landscaped squares, public art commissions, and other environmental improvements. It will tackle traffic bottlenecks and relate to London initiatives that put the pedestrian before the car, such as Foster and Partners' World Squares proposal for Trafalgar Square.

The London North City Walk is already backed by Lord Rogers and John Prescott, the Central London Partnership, the Civic Trust, the Architecture Foundation and The Architects' Journal.

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