‘Bold changes’ transform Bishopsgate

Changes to transform one of central London’s major thoroughfares into a safer and less intimidating place that prioritises people walking and cycling have taken effect.

The new measures set out reduce the level of motor traffic along Bishopsgate, creating more space for walking, improving cycling conditions and enabling people to maintain social distancing, particularly at busy times. 

They include restricting traffic on weekdays between 7am and 7pm.

In addition, wider footways have been constructed along the corridor to give people on foot more space – while a number of banned turns, which will be in operation 24 hours a day, will also be introduced along the road.

TfL says the changes, part of its Streetspace initiative, will be vital to supporting people moving through the area, as school children start to return and as more people return to their workplaces.

Sadiq Khan, mayor of London, said: “I’m delighted that our bold new measures to boost buses, walking and cycling in Bishopsgate have come into operation. 

“With increasing numbers of people returning to central London, it’s more important than ever that we do all we can to avoid a damaging car-based recovery which would damage Londoners’ health and the economy.

“By creating more space to walk and cycle, our world-leading Streetspace for London plans are helping support a sustainable recovery for our city.”

02 September 2020