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Bank junction traffic

Bank Junction is heavily used by all road users and has a high collision and casualty record that requires critical improvements.

Bank on Safety will provide much needed safety benefits while long-term solutions are being developed and consulted on for. Find out more at about the project.

Penalty charge notice (PCN)

See Bank Junction restrictions and penalties.


Frequently asked questions

What types of buses are allowed to cross Bank Junction, Monday to Friday from 7am-7pm?
To be classified as a bus the motor vehicle must be designed and constructed for the carriage of at least eight passengers.

What is the penalty if I cross the junction and I am not a pedal cyclists or bus?
The penalty notice is £130, the penalty is reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days.

Where do I find waiting, loading and parking information?
The City of London’s interactive map provides a detailed map of the City with helpful layers to identify these locations.

What classifies local access in the maps illustrating changes around Bank Junction?
Local access means vehicles having an origin or destination within the designated area. This does not include crossing Bank Junction.

Are motorcycles and scooters allowed to cross Bank Junction at any time?
No motor vehicles other than buses are allowed to cross Bank Junction, Monday to Friday from 7am-7pm.

Can I drive through Bank Junction on public holidays?
If a bank holiday or a public holiday falls between Monday and Friday the restrictions between 7am-7pm will not be enforced.

Background documents

​In late 2015, Members approved the Bank Junction Improvements Project report which included agreement to investigate an experimental safety scheme ahead of the All Change at Bank Project.

In February 2016, the Streets and Walkways Sub (Planning and Transportation) Committee approved one design option to continue to be assessed in greater detail in the Bank Junction Experimental Scheme report.

In December 2016, City of London Committees granted approval after reviewing the latest Bank Junction Experimental Scheme report (785KB).

Responses can be made regarding the Bank on Safety experimental traffic orders until 24 November 2017.

Also available are the documents of all the traffic data that is relevant for this, and the All Change at Bank Project, in the All Change at Bank Project.

The project

​The safety scheme focuses on restricting the number of vehicles that cross Bank Junction during the working day to significantly reduce the number of collisions.

Between the hours of 7am-7pm Monday to Friday, only buses and pedal cycles will be able to cross the junction. This is when 75% of the collisions occur.


  • Must significantly improve road safety.
  • Maintain the ability for businesses to reasonably undertake servicing, deliveries and critical business movements.
  • Must not worsen the overall air quality in the wider area and desirably reduces pollution in the immediate location of the junction.
  • Must not increase average bus journey time in the area and desirably reduce bus average journey time.


The City Corporation implemented the scheme on Monday 22 May 2017, under an experimental traffic order, which allows necessary alterations to be undertaken much quicker than would otherwise be the case.

Vehicles are being rerouted via advance warnings and signage on the approach to the junction. Vehicle restrictions will be enforced through automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras with a penalty charge notice issued to drivers who contravene the experimental traffic order. Maps will be uploaded shortly.

What is happening now?

​Monitoring will continue to be undertaken and pre-monitoring data will be available in due course.

There has been a trial removal of the zebra crossing on Threadneedle Street, just east of Bartholomew Lane. A pedestrian refuge island, to the west of Batholomew Lane, has been introduced.

Contact us

​If you have questions on the project, email us or call our Contact Centre on 020 7606 3030.​