Vehicle restrictions at Bank junction become permanent

LRSC bank junction

The City of London Corporation has voted to turn a 16-month experimental safety scheme, which restricts vehicle journeys through Bank junction, into a permanent measure.

The scheme, first implemented in May 2017 on a trial basis, limits vehicle access to Bank junction to buses and cyclists from Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm.

When launching the pilot in 2017, the City of London said it hoped the scheme would deliver a 50-60% reduction in casualties – as well as improve air quality for residents, workers and visitors in the immediate vicinity.

34 cyclists and 31 pedestrians were injured at the junction between 2011 and 2015.

Chris Hayward, chairman of the Planning and Transportation Committee at the City of London Corporation, said:

“It has been a pleasure seeing the Bank junction monitoring area become a safer place for members of the public to enjoy.

“Compliance to the scheme is currently at 96%. Additional measures will be explored to further improve the scheme’s performance and reach that end goal of 100% compliance at the junction.

“This would inspire City workers, visitors and residents to truly enjoy the iconic surroundings such as the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange.

“I look forward to applying our learnings from this project and continuing to spearhead positive changes across the Square Mile after the City Corporation unveils it’s 25-year Transport Strategy next year.”


 

20 September 2018