The City of London Corporation is ramping up its transport recovery plan, designed to ensure the gradual and safe return of people who work, live and visit the Square Mile. At the Policy and Resources Committee last week I joined other members to endorse Phase Two of the recovery plan offering support for City businesses through the introduction of various transportation and public realm changes. We also reiterated the need to accommodate access for disabled people.

The initiative is primarily based on walking, cycling and the managed use of public transport in order to provide the space needed to comfortably and safely maintain social distancing on City streets.

The initiative will remain adaptable to changing circumstances with the measures able to be scaled up or down as required to ensure the safety of all City workers, residents and visitors set to return in coming weeks in line with Government guidance.

What are the changes?

On street measures will include:

  • Timed closures to motor vehicles, mostly 7am –7pm, allowing limited access to premises for people with access needs, deliveries and servicing
  • Reallocation of carriageway to space for walking, queuing and cycling and priority for buses
  • Closing streets to through traffic or other changes in operation, eg switching to one-way

Where will the changes be?

Change is required across the Square Mile and will be delivered in phases. The following streets have been selected for Phase 1 based on pedestrian numbers, pavement widths, cycling demand and connections to destinations, retail and transport hubs:

  • Cannon Street (between Queen Victoria Street and Monument junction)
  • Cheapside and Poultry
  • Old Jewry and Coleman Street
  • Lombard Street
  • Leadenhall Street and St Mary Axe
  • Threadneedle Street and Old Broad Street

Fellow Ward of Cheap Councillor & Chair of the Planning and Transportation Committee, Alastair Moss said:

“We are changing the City streets now to give reassurance to people as they plan to return to work, as and when government guidance allows. Our immediate focus is on ensuring the safety of those people who are unable to work from home and who will be returning to the City imminently. Our recovery plan dedicates generous space for City workers, residents and visitors to move around on foot and by bike both safely and comfortably. We are ready to support the safe, sustainable and gradual return of people to the City, as it again becomes the thriving world-class centre for business.”

For more on the City Streets recovery initiative, including the full list of streets affected, click here.

For frequently asked questions, click here.

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