The City of London Corporation has voted to make busy Bank Junction free of private motor traffic during the daytime, making the area safer for people on foot and cycle.
The City has been trialing its Bank On Safety scheme for the last 16 months, and we are delighted that the trial has received support to continue.
The Court of Common Council made the final decision today (13 September) after consideration by a range of City Corporation committees and following 4,200 responses to the consultation.
The scheme restricts vehicle access to Bank junction to buses and cyclists only, Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm.
Bank Junction has a high collision, casualty and air pollution record so these changes are vital to make walking safer and more pleasant.
Joe Irvin, Chief Executive, Living Streets comments:
“The Bank on Safety scheme is an unequivocal success for pedestrians - and the vast majority of people using Bank Junction at peak times are on foot. The safety scheme has clearly made their journeys easier and safer, with 90 per cent of people who walk or cycle supporting the scheme and initial indicators showing reductions in casualties at the junction.
“With a growing population, the future of the City of London depends on a walkable streetscape, avoiding being choked by traffic and cherishing its world famous heritage. The decision to make the trial permanent is a huge step in the right direction. We support continued improvements, including more time to cross and space for pedestrians, to ensure Bank Junction’s place at the beating heart of the City.”
The Bank on Safety scheme is an unequivocal success for pedestrians - and the vast majority of people using Bank Junction at peak times are on foot.