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Cyclist and bus at Bank Junction

The scheme

Between Monday to Friday, 7am to 7pm, only buses and cycles are permitted to cross Bank Junction or enter Cornhill in a westbound direction. Construction will begin in early 2020 on an interim footway widening scheme, which includes wider pedestrian crossings and enhanced cycle advanced stop lines at the junction.

Latest news:

Work at Bartholomew Lane and Threadneedle Street starts on Saturday 16 November to improve pedestrian movements across this junction. Work will take place over four consecutive weekends and will require Bartholomew Lane to be closed during these weekends. Local diversions will be in place.

Future development: A report detailing further long-term options, developed from the experiment's feedback, was considered in April 2019 . More information on this longer-term project can be found on the All Change at Bank page.

All of the reports about the Bank on Safety scheme and its approvals can be found in the Background documents tab below.

Bank Junction access maps

 Maps relating to the scheme are available below:

The City of London’s interactive map also provides helpful layers to identify waiting, loading and parking information for the wider Square Mile. 

Frequently asked questions

What is the penalty if I cross the junction and I am not a pedal cyclist or bus?

The penalty notice is £130, the penalty is reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days.

For more information about penalty charge notices visit the Bank Junction restrictions and penalties webpage.

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.

What classifies as local access in the maps illustrating changes around Bank Junction?

Local access means vehicles that have an origin or destination within the designated area. This does not include crossing Bank Junction.

Does the scheme restrict access door to door in a vehicle / taxi or private hire vehicle?

Vehicles are still able to drop off near the junction, just as they did prior with existing road barriers, such as guard railings. A map highlighting access to buildings (886KB) immediately at the junction as well as the equalities analysis report (3.3MB) provide further details.

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.

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.

What were the objectives of the original experiment?

The agreed success criteria were:

  • a significant safety improvement at Bank
  • to maintain access for deliveries
  • to improve air quality at Bank
  • to not unreasonably impact on traffic flow, whilst preferably improving bus journey times

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 longer-term All Change at Bank Project.

In February 2016, the Streets and Walkways Sub 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).

In November 2017, the first report covering monitoring and performance was submitted to Streets and Walkways Sub Committee. The second report was considered in April 2018.

In April 2018, the experimental scheme consultation finding report, which closed at the end of November 2017, was considered at Streets and Walkways Sub Committee

In July 2018, the Planning & Transportation Committee considered an overview report of the scheme which lead to the final decision report on the 13 September 2018 at the Court of Common Council.

In July 2019: A Implementation of Enhancement Work report was approved at the Streets and Walkways Sub Committee to provide an interim footway widening scheme, including wider pedestrian crossings at the junction and enhanced cycle advanced stop lines. This work should begin in early 2020.was approved at the Streets and Walkways Sub Committee to provide an interim footway widening scheme, including wider pedestrian crossings at the junction and enhanced cycle advanced stop lines. This work should begin in early 2020.

Contact us

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


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