This article was published in 2004, in Newsletter 55.
The contraflow lane at the St Andrew’s Street end of Downing Street will be closed for much of the summer while road works are done in preparation for the Grand Arcade development. This will be the first disruption of many over the next few years. The trench being dug will start near the Post Office and run up St Andrew’s Street before turning into Downing Street, so expect some problems there as well. The Council’s intention is to complete the work before University term starts. It is a pity there were no discussions with us about alternatives to the complete closure of the contraflow lane (such as suspending the lane in the other direction). However, it will not last too long, and it will still be possible to walk past, we understand.