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The battle for street space

In Times Square, lanes for vehicles have been removed and replaced with pedestrianised areas

In the past city streets were designed with the private car at the forefront of urban planners’ minds but the steady rise in their numbers has led to heavy congestion, high levels of air pollution and less space for public transport. City authorities are now taking on the challenge of making city centres less car centric and giving priority to more sustainable modes of transport, such as cycling, buses, light rail and walking.

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