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Covid-19: City streets

​The City of London Corporation has begun delivery of its transport recovery plan, designed to ensure the safety of residents, workers and visitors as people return to the Square Mile.

The scheme is primarily focused on providing the space needed to maintain social distancing on our streets and to enable safe walking, cycling and the managed use of public transport.

Approach

Temporary changes are being installed on streets in stages.

Phase One of the scheme is largely complete. This includes providing more space for people walking on Threadneedle Street, Old Broad Street, Cannon Street and Leadenhall Street; and the introduction of timed closures and changes on Coleman Street, Lombard Street and St Mary Axe. Implementation of a 24/7 no through route except for buses and cycles only on Leadenhall Street will follow. 

For Phase Two, a further seven kilometres of streets will be temporarily changed. This includes the reallocation of highway to people walking and cycling on Fleet Street and Moorgate, a timed closure of Moorfields to motor vehicles and the closure of Chancery Lane to through traffic. Installation will start on-street from the 6 July and will be completed over the summer.

A report detailing Phase Three of our recovery programme is currently being considered by City Corporation Committees.

Further phases of work will be set out on this page as they are prepared and implemented. 

Read Covid19: City Streets explaining the changes (155KB) for details of how the plans will operate.

Have your say

Complete our survey  to tell us what you think about the change s.

Access

It will be possible for Red and Blue Badge holders to use disabled parking spaces and to be 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 will also be maintained at all times.

For streets where carriageway space is being allocated for walking there will be a provision for taxi pick up and drop off at limited locations, where possible.

Access for servicing and parking to off street premises will be maintained at all times, on all streets.

On-street signage for businesses

Does your business need on-street signage to help your visitors follow safe social distancing when queueing outside your premises? Complete our short form to request any of our temporary vinyl signage

Guidance on the intended use of the signage (1.05MB)

Aims and measures

​The City Corporation’s Covid-19 transport response focusses 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

Phase 1

​Streets were selected for Phase 1 on the basis of pedestrian numbers, pavement widths, cycling demand and connections to destinations, retail and transport hubs.

Changes have been delivered to:

  • Cannon Street
  • Coleman Street (including Kings Arm Yard)
  • Leadenhall Street - 24/7 no through route except for buses and cycles will follow
  • Lombard Street (including Nicholas Lane)
  • Old Broad Street
  • Poultry
  • St Mary Axe
  • Threadneedle Street

The changes for all streets included in Phase 1 are set out in Covid-19 Street Changes Phase 1 (75KB)

Read the Phase 1 May 2020 Committee report for further information.

Read the Phase 1 Equality Analysis report (757KB).

Phase 2

​The Phase 2 plans cover a much wider area across the Square Mile.

From the 6 July changes are planned for the following streets:

  • King William Street
  • Abchurch Lane
  • Princes Street
  • Cornhill
  • Queen Victoria Street (Cannon Street to Poultry)
  • Lime Street / Cullum Street
  • Old Jewry
  • Moorfields
  • Fenchurch Street
  • Chancery Lane
  • Cheapside / Poultry

From the 13 July changes are planned for the following streets:

  • Middlesex Street
  • South Place
  • Liverpool Street
  • Devonshire Row
  • Devonshire Square
  • Cutler Street
  • White Kennet Street
  • Dukes Place
  • Bevis Marks
  • Camomile Street
  • Houndsditch
  • Outwich Street
  • King Street
  • Queen Street
  • Cooper’s Row / Trinity Square
  • Crutched Friars
  • Jewry Street
  • Eastcheap / Great Tower Street
  • Charterhouse Street / Charterhouse Square / Carthusian Street

From the 20 July changes are planned for the following streets:

  • Moorgate (north of London Wall)
  • Moorgate (south of London Wall) 
  • London Wall
  • Lothbury and Bartholomew Lane
  • Threadneedle Street
  • Gresham Street
  • Cannon Street (New Change to Queen Victoria Street)
  • St Paul’s Churchyard
  • Ludgate Hill
  • Fleet Street
  • Aldgate / Aldgate High Street
  • Eldon Street
  • Blomfield Street
  • Newgate Street
  • Holborn Viaduct
  • High Holborn

The proposed changes for each street are set out in Covid-19 Street Changes Phase 2 (117KB)

Read the Phase 2 June 2020 Committee report for more information.

Read the Phase 2 Equality Analysis report (800KB).

Phase 3

​​A report detailing Phase Three of our recovery programme is currently being considered by City Corporation Committees.

This report includes proposals for temporary cycle parking locations, greening and areas for seating. It also includes a proposal for a School Street by Charterhouse Square School.  

​Have your say

Complete our survey to tell us what you think of the changes. This survey will be updated as changes to more streets are implemented. It will remain open while the temporary measures are in place.

For questions or to provide feedback on the project you can email the City Transportation team.

​Further travel information

​If you need to travel into or through the Square Mile please visit the below web pages for up to date travel information:

Some bus routes through the Square Mile have been diverted onto different streets. For up to date information about particular routes visit TfL bus routes.

Transport for London and our neighbouring London Boroughs are also proposing changes to their streets to support Covid-19 recovery. We recommend visiting their websites to ensure you are kept aware of their most recent plans.


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