All Change at Bank project
We are making Bank Junction a safer and nicer place to travel through.
The main construction work began in Autumn 2022 and continues until Spring 2024.
We will provide advance warning of works so you can plan your route to minimise disruption.
Road signs will provide information on disruption and diversions. Sometimes there will be diversions for pedestrians and cyclists.
The works will be completed in seven phases. Phases one and two are complete.
What is happening next?
Phase three will start on 14 November 2022 and finish on 17 March 2023 and involves work on Mansion House St (North side), Lombard St, Cornhill and Threadneedle St (South side at Bank junction) including footway widening and improvements with new paving and kerbs and wider pedestrian crossing points.
There will be two weekend closures in Cornhill (at Bank Junction) on the following dates:
3-4 December 2022
28-29 January 2023
Diversions will be clearly marked.
What can you do?
- Look for updates on this webpage and on our Twitter feed @squarehighways
- Allow extra time for your journey to allow for disruption
- Contact the All Change at Bank team if you need more information
Princes Street (East side) completed. Footway improvements with associated adjustments to drainage, utility covers and bollards.
Poultry (North side) completed. Footway improvements with new kerbs and paving. Adjustments to drainage and utility covers. A number of traffic islands have been removed with adjustments made to signal poles.
14 November 2022-17 March 2023. Mansion House St (North side), Lombard St, Cornhill and Threadneedle St (South side at Bank junction). Footway widening and improvements with new paving and kerbs as well as wider pedestrian crossing points. Adjustments to drainage, utility covers and bollards.
The project looked at key problems. Bank Junction was congested, polluted and unsafe. Incremental improvements over the last few years have seen junction become a more pleasant place for pedestrians and cyclists. The next stage is to implement the changes that will deliver the original objectives:
- Reduce casualties by simplifying the junction
- Reduce pedestrian crowding levels
- Improve local air quality
- Improve the perception of place, Bank is a place to spend time in rather then pass through
To provide more space for people walking and enhance the public realm. Changes will simplify the junction to prioritise the space for pedestrians, allowing space for seating and greening:
- Parts of Threadneedle Street and Queen Victoria Street will be closed to all motor vehicles 24/7
- Princes Street will see changes that will be in place 24/7
- Only buses and cycles will be able to travel northbound towards Moorgate
- Vehicles needing to access Cornhill will be able to travel southbound and turn left into Cornhill
The main traffic junction will be made smaller, making it more understandable to those driving or cycling as to where they should be positioned on the carriageway. There will be fewer opportunities for turning manoeuvres, reducing the risk of collisions. Narrower carriageways will mean larger pavements and more comfort for pedestrians.
Traffic restrictions during the day will remain in place. Buses and cycles only Monday-Friday 7am-7pm across Bank Junction and travelling westbound into Cornhill.
There is a review of the timings of restrictions and the mix of traffic. If changes are feasible and supported, it will be possible to amend the traffic orders. The review is expected to complete towards the end of the construction programme.
Changes at Bank Junction have taken many years. The following Committee reports show the options considered, the development of the design, consultation and final details for the construction.
Reports to the Streets and Walkways Sub (Planning and Transportation) Committee:
October 2020 All Change at Bank detailed feasibility report
February 2021 All Change at Bank public consultation proposal
September 2021 Report back on the public consultation findings
December 2021 Seeking authority to move to construction phase
Contact the All Change at Bank team