To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Government made (a) prior to and (b) after making the decision to locate the Holocaust Memorial and Holocaust Learning Centre in Victoria Tower Gardens of the (i) number of visitors per year and (ii) volume of additional road traffic.
16 October 2017
Before the decision to locate the Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens was taken, the assessment was made that Parliament Square attracts several million visitors a year and that the Memorial would attract a subset of those visitors.
After the decision to locate the Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens, the conclusion of further work by Cultural Consultants, Barker Langham, was that the potential number of visitors to the Memorial is 1,000,000, based on levels of visiting Westminster. Of those, they estimate that 576,000 will visit the Learning Centre.
Detailed pedestrian and traffic surveys are currently underway as part of the preparations to develop the design. A significant consideration during the development of the design will be appropriately managing the flow of people to and from the Memorial.