Transport for London (TfL) will start work this week to transform one of central London’s major thoroughfares, prioritising walking and cycling.
The new traffic restrictions between Shoreditch and London Bridge are a key part of the Mayor of London and TfL’s world-leading Streetspace plans, which will radically reduce levels of cars in central London in a bold step towards becoming one of the largest car-free zones in any capital city in the world.
These traffic restrictions on Bishopsgate and Gracechurch Street in the City of London – streets that connect major cultural and financial centres – will be in operation on weekdays between 07:00 and 19:00.
By creating more space for people to walk and cycle, TfL and the Mayor of London believe it will ensure that those who return to work in central London can do so as safely as possible.
In addition to removing most traffic – which TfL say will make it “safer and nicer” to cycle, and improve bus journey times – the capital’s transport authority is widening footways along this part of the A10 corridor to provide more space for people walking.
A number of banned turns, which will be in operation 24 hours a day, are also being introduced along the road. This is to reduce the level of motor traffic on the road around the clock, and reduce the risk of a car-based recovery.
Access for emergency services and disabled people will be maintained and signage is being introduced on local roads to make the new restrictions clear, including no motor vehicle access between Middlesex Street to Liverpool Street, and Leadenhall Street to Fenchurch Street.
The new zone is set to be operational by the start of August.
Full details of new restrictions are as follows:
The following banned turns on the A10 Bishopsgate will be in place 24 hours a day:
Worship Street (left only except buses)
Artillery Lane (left turn only)
Middlesex Street (left turn only)
Liverpool Street (right turn only out)
Cornhill (ahead and left only)
Lombard Street (remains ahead and left only)
Fenchurch Street (left only)
Gracechurch Street at Fenchurch Street (in a northbound direction, ahead only, except for buses and cycles who may turn right and cycles who may turn left).
These temporary measures will still provide access for all vehicles, including servicing and taxis for most of the corridor, except for two stretches – Middlesex Street to Liverpool Street, and Leadenhall Street to Fenchurch Street – where no motor vehicles will be permitted. Access for these locations will be from either end of the closed section.
Detailed diagrams of the new road layout can be viewed at the following:
Work is also set to begin on a major 3.7km upgrade to an older cycle route, CS7, in south west London.
Work in Balham and Tooting will add new sections of protected cycle lane to the existing route, which is one of London’s busiest, making it much “safer and more attractive” to people wanting to cycle in the area and to central London and beyond, a spokesperson for TfL has said.