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Bank junction traffic

Final experimental scheme reports

Bank Junction was heavily used by all road users and had a high collision and casualty record that required critical improvements.

Bank on Safety provides much needed safety benefits while long-term solutions with wider objectives are being developed.

On 13 September 2018 the Court of Common Council (the highest committee) voted to make the experimental scheme permanent.

A report detailing further long-term options, developed from the experiment's feedback, was presented to the Streets and Walkways Committee in January 2019.

Penalty charge notice (PCN)

See Bank Junction restrictions and penalties.​​

Maps on changes around Bank Junction

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

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.

Does the scheme restrict access door to door in a vehicle/taxi/PHV?
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.

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).

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

Public consultation closed for the Bank on Safety experimental scheme in November 2017 and was reported to Commitee in spring 2018.

The Streets and Walkways Sub Committee (Planning & Transportation) considered an updated monitoring and performance report on the 10 April 2018.

The Planning & Transportation Committee considered a  review report  on 10 July 2018.

The project overview

​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.


The agreed success criteria were:

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

What is happening next?

Short-term changes to further enhance behaviour, compliance and widen footways will be presented to City of London Committees in late 2019.

Contact us

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