Covid-19 City streets
The delivery of our transport recovery plan is underway, designed to ensure the gradual and safe return of people who live, work and visit the Square Mile by walking, cycling or through the managed use of public transport.
The changes are primarily based on providing the space needed to comfortably and safely maintain social distancing on City streets.
Have your say
We are keen to hear your feedback about the changes on street.
Complete our survey to tell us what you think of the initiative. This survey will be updated as more changes take place on street.
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Charterhouse Square (expected Nov 2020, subject to agreement with London Borough of Islington)
Coleman Street (including King's Arm Yard)
Fenchurch Street (expected Nov 2020)
King William Street
Lime Street / Cullum Street
Lombard Street (including Nicholas Lane)
Old Broad Street
Queen Victoria Street
St Mary Axe
St Paul’s Churchyard
White Kennett Street
Details of individual street changes are outlined in the plan below.
Covid-19 City Streets explaining the changes provides details of how the plans operate.
Temporary seating and greening
Over October and November we are installing temporary seating and greening to support food and beverage businesses and create an attractive environment for residents, workers and visitors. This is taking place on the following streets:
- Chancery Lane (Carey Street to Southampton Buildings)
- Cheapside (near junction of Bread Street)
- Cursitor Street
- Coleman Street
- Creechurch Lane
- Ludgate Broadway
- Middlesex Street
- West Smithfield (Rotunda)
Additional temporary cycle parking
The City Corporation is aiming to provide 700 temporary cycle parking spaces across the Square Mile as part of its transport response to Covid-19. These spaces will be installed from November.
Plan of changes to vehicular access PDF (3MB)Date submitted: 8/27/20
Map of vehicular access changes in response to Covid-19
Covid-19 City streets explaining the changes PDF (150KB)Date submitted: 6/18/20
Access for servicing and parking to off street premises is always being maintained.
Red and Blue Badge holders can continue to use disabled parking spaces and be picked up or dropped on streets which have timed access restrictions. Access for taxis and private hire vehicles dropping off or picking up disabled passengers is also being maintained.
For streets where carriageway space is being allocated for walking there is provisions for taxi pick up and drop off at limited locations, where possible.
Freight and servicing
To help City businesses understand the measures that can be taken to minimise the impact of their deliveries and servicing view our guidance document.
This guidance has been tailored for each type of business and is broken down into delivery, waste and servicing sections. In the short term these actions will help support safe social distancing as people return to the Square Mile, in the longer term the changes will help to deliver safer, healthier streets in line with the aims and objectives in the City Corporation’s Transport Strategy.
Guidance for freight and servicing PDF (2MB)Date submitted: 7/16/20
On street signage for businesses
Does your business need on-street signage to help your visitors follow safe social distancing when queuing outside your premises?
Complete our short form to request any of our temporary vinyl signage.
Covid-19 recovery street signage guidance PDF (1MB)Date submitted: 6/29/20
Aims and measures
The City Corporation’s Covid-19 transport response focuses on achieving two main aims:
- Residents, workers and visitors are safe and feel comfortable travelling into and within the Square Mile, particularly when travelling on foot, by bike and on public transport.
- City businesses are supported in their Covid-19 recovery and the City remains an attractive location for business.
Temporary on-street measures include introducing:
- more space for walking and cycling, including increased cycle parking
- timed closures to motor vehicles on some streets (7am–7pm Monday to Friday), allowing limited access to premises for people with access needs, deliveries and servicing
- closures of streets to through traffic or other changes in operation, e.g. switching to one-way or giving priority to buses
- an advisory 15 miles per hour speed limit
- signage to promote social distancing and encourage considerate behaviour
Equality Analysis has been undertaken to minimise impacts to all groups with protected characteristics.
Phase 1 equality analysis PDF (630KB)Date submitted: 6/29/20
Phase 2 equality analysis PDF (650KB)Date submitted: 6/29/20
Transport for London's scheme for the A10 Bishopsgate corridor and London Bridge
Transport for London (TfL) has made temporary improvements to help people travel on foot, by cycle or public transport along the A10 Bishopsgate corridor, from the northern end of London Bridge to Shoreditch High Street.
If you would like to comment on the effects of TfL's scheme, or have suggestions for changes or improvements that it could make, email Streetspacelondon
More travel information
If you need to travel into or through the Square Mile, please visit these web pages for up to date travel information.
Some bus routes through the Square Mile have been diverted. For up to date information about particular routes visit TfL bus routes.
TfL and our neighbouring London Boroughs are proposing changes to their streets to support Covid-19 recovery. We recommend visiting their websites to ensure you are aware of their most recent plans.
If you have a question about the initiative email the Transportation Team.