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The Aldgate Highway Changes and Public Realm Improvements Project

The Aldgate gyratory lies on the eastern edge of the Square Mile. Following the adoption of the Aldgate and Tower Area Strategy in 2012 the City proposes to introduce two-way traffic on Aldgate High Street, Minories, St Botolph Street and a section of Middlesex Street.

These changes will enable a new public space to be provided between Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School and St Botolph without Aldgate Church. A smaller public space is also planned for the southern end of Middlesex Street.​​

The project aims to make Aldgate feel safe, inviting and vibrant by:

  • enhancing safety for road users
  • improving cycling routes
  • improving pedestrian routes and connections
  • introducing more greenery
  • creating a flexible public space for events, leisure and play
  • improving lighting

The City is working with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Transport for London in developing these proposals.

The Mayor of London’s Cycling Vision and Transport for London’s (TfL) Better Junctions programme have contributed to the proposals to provide cyclists a less intimidating and higher quality experience as they move through the area. We will continue to work in partnership with TfL to progress their Better Junctions plans in this area.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

The City of London is working on plans to revitalise the Aldgate area

For more information on all City street works, road closures, events or highway matters follow us on Twitter: @squarehighways​​​​​

  • Improved public realm
    A view of the new Aldgate western space at night

    The City proposes introducing a new public space between the Church and School​ (credit: lighting design and visualisation by Light Bureau)


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