Non-electric taxis could be restricted from City of London’s Beech Street once again as a new scheme goes to public consultation.
The City of London Corporation (CoLC) ran a traffic experiment to improve air quality on Beech Street from March 2020 to September 2021. The experiment restricted polluting traffic from using Beech Street as a “through route” whilst allowing access for zero emission capable vehicles and for any vehicle type that was accessing a property on Beech Street.
CoLC now want your views on making a permanent restriction on Beech Street in a bid to improve the air quality.
The proposed scheme is different to the earlier experiment after receiving feedback from Islington Borough Council.
How will the new scheme work?
Only zero-emission vehicles will be able to drive through Beech Street without stopping. In most cases a zero-emission capable vehicle is fully electric and not a hybrid. You can check whether your vehicle meets the criteria by using the Gov.uk vehicle enquiry (external link) page
All other vehicles (including deliveries and visitors) will be able to enter Beech Street if accessing a car park and forecourts
The junction of Bridgewater Street and Beech Street will be closed to all vehicles except cycles
Existing central reservation gaps will be retained
Golden Lane at the junction with Beech Street will remain open to all vehicles coming down Golden Lane and turning left towards Chiswell Street
Only zero-emission vehicles travelling from the Aldersgate Street end of Beech Street will be able to turn into Golden Lane
Fortune Street will not have any additional traffic restrictions.
Vehicle movements will be enforced by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).
The consultation will run from 16 January-6 March.