The City of London has announced plans to radically change streets across the Square Mile.
Pedestrian Priority Zones would see a ban on cars, vans, taxis and buses apart from limited times available for access. Speed limits could also be cut to 15 mph on roads.
The scheme will include Threadneedle Street near the Bank of England plus roads around Mansion House, Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations.
I took a few photos of the area as it currently is. This is the junction at Bank with much space given over to tarmac:
This area had a trial scheme last year to exclude many vehicles between 7am and 7pm. Now it could well be extended. Paving can be very narrow in the area and struggles with the number of people.
The City is going through one of the largest transformations in history with a large number of skyscrapers rising. That will bring many more thousands of people to the area. In July I took a look at various towers now being built.
Pedestrian space is extremely cramped now with 480,000 workers in the area.
That will only increase with numerous towers and lower rise developments on the way. Congestion on roads is often remarked upon, but paving congestion all too often overlooked. Trying to squeeze so many people onto often narrow paving is getting ever more difficult.
And it’s something London has worse than many cities due to its medieval road layout. There’s generally not the grand avenues of New York, Paris, Barcelona or Berlin, to name just four.
The report will go before City Councillors on October 30th.
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