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Bank on Safety is providing much needed safety benefits while long-term solutions are developed and consulted on for the All Change at Bank Project.

Change objectives

  • Reduce casualties by simplifying the junction
  • Reduce pedestrian crowding levels
  • Improve air quality
  • Improve the perception of place, as a place to spend time in rather than pass through.

The project

Analysis shows that there needs to be a change in the space and time allocated to the different modes of transport. There are 18,000 pedestrian crossing movements in the morning peak hour compared to 1,600 cyclists, 220 buses carrying 4,500 passengers and 1,400 other motor vehicle carrying approximately 1,600 passengers, crossings the junction. The majority of space and time is dedicated to vehicle crossing movements.

In addition, London Underground is undertaking a large capacity upgrade of Bank station which will increase the numbers of passengers able to interchange between lines within the station as well as enter and exit. This work is expected to finish in early 2022.

We looked at five broad options for change at Bank Junction and concluded that four of them are worth taking to the design stage. These four options for longer term change all require a reduction in the number of motor vehicles crossing the junction to achieve their objectives.

These options are:

  1. The complete closure of all six arms to motor traffic
  2. The closure of King William Street and Princes Street to motor vehicles (north/south route)
  3. The closure of Poultry and Cornhill to motor traffic (one east/west route)
  4. Reducing capacity on all six arms by 50% to investigate a shared space solution..

The safety scheme focuses on restricting the number of vehicles that pass across Bank Junction in the working day to significantly reduce the number of collisions that occur.

Timeline and background documents

The Bank Area Strategy was adopted in May 2013. This document set out the need to modify Bank Junction to make the wider area more successful.

The 2015 Bank movement report contains an overview of the data collection exercise around Bank Junction in 2014 to better understand how the junction functions, how vehicles and people use and navigate the junction and the types of collisions that occur.

Further analysis about movements in Bank Junction were collected in 2015:

In May 2017, the experimental safety scheme Bank on Safety was implemented. Following this, the public was widely engaged with over various platforms for the public consultation. A statutory consultation was also carried out regarding the experimental traffic orders.

In the summer of 2018, the performance of the experimental scheme, along with consultation outcomes and ongoing monitoring, was considered across a number of City Corporation committees.

On 13 September the Court of Common Council voted on the experimental scheme report and agreed that the scheme would be made permanent.

A report detailing possible long term options for All Change at Bank, developed from the experimental scheme's feedback, was presented to the Streets and Walkways Committee on 22 January 2019.

Contact us

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