Beech Street Zero Emissions Scheme
Permanent zero emission scheme
The permanent scheme consultation is closed. Thank you to everyone who participated. We are analysing the responses which will be reported to the 4 July Streets and Walkways Sub Committee.
The consultation was on the following
- Only zero-emission vehicles will be able to drive through Beech Street without stopping. In most cases a zero-emission capable vehicle is fully electric and not a hybrid.
- All other vehicles (including deliveries and visitors) will be able to enter Beech Street if accessing any car park or forecourt
- The junction of Bridgewater Street and Beech Street will be closed to all vehicles except cycles
- The central reservation gaps will be retained
- Golden Lane at the junction with Beech Street will remain open to all vehicles travelling on Golden Lane and turning left towards Chiswell Street
- Only zero-emission vehicles travelling from the Aldersgate Street end of Beech Street will be able to turn into Golden Lane
- Fortune Street will not have any additional traffic restrictions.
A zero-emission capable vehicle is one which meets the following criteria:
- Maximum 75 g CO2/km
- Minimum 20-mile zero emission range
- Euro 6 equivalent NOx emission standard
You can check whether your vehicle meets the criteria by using GOV.UK vehicle enquiry .
Vehicle movements will be enforced by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).
Previous traffic experiment
The City of London Corporation ran a traffic experiment to improve air quality on Beech Street from March 2020 to September 2021. The experiment restricted polluting traffic from using Beech Street as a “through route” whilst allowing access for zero emission capable vehicles and for any vehicle type that was accessing a property on Beech Street.
- Air quality
- Access and legibility
- Public consultation
- general lessons learned
and are summarised in the Streets and Walkways Sub-Committee December 2021 Committee report.
Bunhill, Barbican and Golden Lane Healthy Neighbourhoods
The City Corporation and Islington Council carried out an engagement exercise on improving the streets and public spaces in the wider area. That consultation has closed and the results will be reported to the 4 July Streets and Walkways Sub Committee.
The experiment monitoring data for traffic on and around Beech Street is presented in a dashboard(1).
Moving through the dashboard it outlines the following:
- Page 1 is data prior to the experiment (2019-2020)
- Page 2 is data from during the experiment (September 2021)
- Page 3 compares the pre-experiment to during the experiment data
- Page 4 provides an overall summary
Air quality data
The experiment monitoring data for air quality on and around Beech Street is in Appendix 3 (Air Quality Diffusion Tubes) in the December 2021 Committee Report.
There is a continuous air quality monitor on Beech Street and real-time and historical data can be accessed via the London Air Quality Network.
Taxi data and noise survey data
Mystery shopper taxi journeys were undertaken prior and during the experiment on set routes that were agreed with the taxi trade representatives. The data reviews, the taxi journey costs prior and during the experiment is in Appendix 6 (Traffic Surveys) in the December 2021 Committee Report.
Noise surveys were undertaken at nine locations on and around Beech Street and is in Appendix 7 (Noise Survey Data in the December 2021 Committee Report.
Streets and Walkways Sub-Committee February 2021
Streets and Walkways Sub-Committee December 2021
Streets and Walkways Sub-Committee September 2022
Streets and Walkways Sub-Committee November 2022