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Mayoral hopefuls mobilise for £10 million walkway

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Around 500 people including architects and mayoral hopefuls Lord Archer, Ken Livingstone and Frank Dobson will converge on Regent's Park on Sunday week to publicise the £10 million London North City walk.

The aj-supported event, on Sunday 31 October, is designed to highlight the importance of prioritising the pedestrian above the car and offers a low-cost, metropolitan-scale landscape framework for the successful mayor to make happen. The permanent walkway and accompanying civic improvements are being pushed as a key to promoting the health and fitness of capital dwellers, as well as aiding civic design, contributing to urban planning and integrating transport modes.

The 9km project from Hampstead to St James's Park is the brainchild of architect Anthony Meats, and is being planned by urban designers and architects including Dan Bone of civix, Alan Baxter and Associates and Ove Arup and Partners. It follows John Nash's grand design of Regent's Street and Regent's Park, to Primrose Hill and Belsize Park up to Highgate.

Following the launch, a £70,000 feasibility study will be carried out to present to the new London Assembly - the £10 million figure includes cash for the provision of new squares and public places. A conference and exhibition are also planned for next year.

The walk starts at 10.30 in the north at Pond Square in Highgate and in the south below the Duke of York's Monument, on the Mall, SW1. The groups - including Glenda Jackson, Trevor Phillips and the Liberal Democrats' Susan Kramer - will meet at Gloucester Green in Regent's Park at noon.

Those interested in participating should call Tony Meats on 01628 666334 or Dan Bone on 0207 253 1843.

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