Bank On Safety experimental safety scheme - City of London
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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.

Emergency gas works affecting the Bank Junction experimental scheme

Due to gas works in Gracechurch Street and London Bridge, Bank Junction has been temporarily re-opened to motor vehicles travelling eastbound on Queen Victoria Street to Threadneedle, Cornhill and King William Street ONLY. All other restrictions at Bank Junction are in place between 7am-7pm, Monday-Friday. Go to the emergency gas works page for more information.

Penalty charge notice (PCN)

See Bank Junction restrictions and penalties.

Final Decision Report

The final report on the experiment is currently making its way through the City of London Corporation's committees, with the final decision being taken by the Court of Common Council on 13 September 2018. 


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 closed for the Bank on Safety experimental traffic orders on 24 November 2017.

The traffic data for the experimental traffic order and the All Change at Bank Project, are on 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 or travel westbound into Cornhill. 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.

Consultation findings

The City of London Corporation employed an independent consultant, FTI Consulting, to review the responses to the Bank on Safety public consultation.

FTI Consulting’s summary of the community and stakeholder consultation along with the City’s updated monitoring and performance report can be found on the agenda for the Streets and Walkways Sub (Planning and Transportation) Committee on 10 April 2018.

Monitoring and performance

On 24 November 2017, the first report covering monitoring and performance was submitted to Streets and Walkways Sub (Planning and Transportation) Committee.

The updated monitoring and performance report can be found on the agenda for the Streets and Walkways Sub (Planning and Transportation) Committee on 10 April 2018.

Starting Tuesday 3 July 2018, the performance of the experimental scheme, along with the consultation outcomes and ongoing monitoring, will be considered across a number of City Corporation committees to decide whether it is to be made permanent.

Contact us

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