Work starts to transform Bishopsgate

Work is underway to transform one of central London’s major thoroughfares into a less intimidating place which prioritises walking and cycling.

The new traffic restrictions between Shoreditch and London Bridge are described as a key part of the Mayor of London and TfL’s Streetspace scheme – which aims to radically reduce the levels of cars in central London.

The 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 7am and 7pm.

In addition to removing most traffic, TfL is widening footways along this part of the A10 corridor to provide more space for people walking.

TfL says the scheme will ensure that those who return to work in central London can do so as safely as possible.

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said: “Londoners have shown a record-breaking demand for cycling over the past few months and I’m delighted that our bold new measures build on that momentum and ensure we’re doing all we can to avoid a damaging car-based recovery.

“Enabling more people to walk and cycle is key to a green recovery for our city, and our world-leading Streetspace for London plans will make a huge immediate difference as staff return to work.”

Gareth Powell, TfL’s managing director for surface transport, said: “We’re determined that transport will be at the heart of London’s green, healthy and sustainable recovery from coronavirus.

“We’re running near normal levels of public transport services and are working hard to deliver extra space for walking and cycling right across the Capital.

“The first walking and cycling priority zone on Bishopsgate will play a central role in enabling people who are returning to work to do so safely and without relying on cars.”

23 July 2020