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Bus collides with pedestrian during peak hour restrictions on Bank Junction in London

An accident involving a pedestrian and bus in the centrally located Bank Junction London was reported yesterday.

City of London Police and the London Ambulance Service attended the scene before midday on Wednesday 4 September.

The collision happened on the junction with Princes Street where the pedestrian involved was said to have obtained ‘minor injuries’.

Bank Junction has restricted access to cars and taxis during the day. Only buses and cycles are allowed to use the junction at peak times with the aim of reducing the number of collisions.

City of London officials brought in the measures claiming that Bank Junction was heavily used by all road users causing a high collision and casualty record that required critical improvements.

Between the hours of 7am-7pm Monday to Friday, only buses and pedal cycles can cross the junction or travel westbound into Cornhill. According to City of London sources this is when 75% of the collisions occur.

The scheme was first implemented in May 2017 on an experimental basis and made permanent in September 2019.

A City of London Police spokesperson said via Twitter: “Princes Street is currently closed to traffic northbound following an accident. @CityPoliceCops and LAS are on scene. Updates to follow.”

In a further tweet an hour later at 12:05 the police added: “Princes Street has now re-opened. The pedestrian involved in this incident thankfully only has minor injuries.
Thank you for your patience.” 

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