City Streets Update: Transportation response to support the COVID-19 Recovery: July 2 2020
City Streets Update: Transportation response to support COVID-19 Recovery
The City of London Corporation has begun delivery of its transport recovery plan, designed to ensure the safety of residents, workers and visitors as people return to the Square Mile. The scheme is primarily focused on providing the space needed to maintain social distancing on our streets and to enable safe walking, cycling and the managed use of public transport. Temporary changes are being installed on streets in stages. Visit our webpage for full details.
Update on phased delivery of street changes
Phase One of the initiative is largely complete. This includes providing more space for people walking on Threadneedle Street, Old Broad Street, Cannon Street and Leadenhall Street; and the introduction of timed closures and changes on Coleman Street, Lombard Street and St Mary Axe. A 24/7 no through route except for buses and cycles only on Leadenhall Street is due to be implemented in the next few weeks.
For Phase Two, a further seven kilometres of streets will be temporarily changed. Installation will start on-street from the 6 July and will be completed over the summer. The proposed changes for each street are set out here – Covid-19 Street Changes Phase 2 (117KB). S
A report detailing Phase Three of our recovery programme has been approved by the Planning & Transportation Committee and the Projects Sub Committee. The report will also be presented to Policy & Resources Committee for information on the 9 July. This report includes proposals for temporary cycle parking locations, greening and areas for seating. It also includes a proposal for a School Street by Charterhouse Square School.
Further details are available on our webpage. Our FAQ document Covid19: City Streets explaining the changes (155KB) also provides details of how the plans will operate.
Signage for businesses
City businesses can request temporary on-street vinyl signage to help their visitors follow safe social distancing when queueing outside the premises by completing our short form.
Our survey is now online for street users to tell us what they think of the changes. This survey will be updated as changes to more streets are implemented. It will remain open while the temporary measures are in place.
We are keen to hear back from as many people and organisations as possible and would be grateful of help to promote the survey.
For questions related to the City Corporation’s temporary measures on street please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update from Transport for London regarding the A10 Bishopsgate corridor
From 11 July Transport for London will be making a number of changes to the road layout along the A10 Bishopsgate corridor, as part of their Streetspace for London programme. The A10 Bishopsgate corridor runs from the northern end of London Bridge to Shoreditch High Street. Please note that this start date is provisional and may be subject to change. Once on site it is anticipated that the scheme will take four days to build.
This scheme forms part of TfL’s Streetspace for London programme and is necessary to enable safe social distancing on public transport in London, particularly as lockdown restrictions are eased, and it will help support increased walking and cycling, as well as improving the City’s air quality.
TfL are planning to make the following changes along the A10 Bishopsgate corridor on a temporary basis:
Introducing bus and cycle only access to prevent other traffic using the roads, allowing road space to be reallocated to walking, cycling and public transport. It will operate Monday to Friday, between 07:00-19:00.
o North of Liverpool St (Northbound only)
o South of Threadneedle Street (Southbound only)
o South of Middlesex Street (Southbound only)
o Gracechurch Street (Northbound and Southbound at Monument)
- Introducing several banned turns to encourage people away from corridor. The banned turns will be in place 24 hours a day, and permitted movements for all vehicles will now include:
- Widening footways along the A10 corridor, wherever possible, to provide more space for people walking and allow social distancing to take place
- Improving conditions for people cycling thanks to less motorised traffic on the corridor
These temporary measures will still provide access for servicing and taxis for most of the corridor, except for two stretches – Middlesex Street to Liverpool Street, and Leadenhall Street to Fenchurch Street – where no motor vehicles would be permitted. Access for these locations would be from either end of the closed section.
TfL will be monitoring the effects of the A10 Bishopsgate corridor over the coming months and will need to undertake a consultation on any scheme they propose be made permanent. In addition, they will be asking stakeholders to provide their feedback about the effects of the scheme, or suggestions for changes or improvements we might make, via the Streetspace email address: email@example.com.