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Aldersgate Street

​The City of London Corporation is introducing an experimental traffic scheme from 1 October 2018 on Aldersgate Street. Read the documents below and send us your comments by 1 April 2019.

Notice of Making (19KB)
Statement of Reasons (8KB)
Plan (315KB)

Write to:

Department of the Built Environment
City of London Corporation
PO Box 270
London EC2P 2EJ

Quote reference: TraffOrder/DBE/CT-GL

The City of London is suspending the ban on U-turns for northbound traffic on Aldersgate Street at the junction with Fann Street on an experimental basis.

Residents in Fann Street and ward members have informed the City Corporation that vehicles traveling north on Aldersgate Street are using Fann Street to change direction and travel southbound due to the ban on U-turns at the north end of the central reservation in Aldersgate Street. Vehicles are making three types of movement to be able to travel southbound. Smaller vehicles and those with a small turning circle are able to turn within the mouth of Fann Street. Other vehicles, including smaller vehicles, either make a three-point turn in Fann Street or travel further into the street to use the entrance to Bunyan Court car park to turn.

The frequent temporary restrictions on eastbound movements around Smithfield Market and at the junction with Long Lane due to Crossrail construction and other works are the cause of this. When these temporary restrictions are in place, alternative routes are signed. However, some drivers prefer to use Carthusian Street and turn in Fann Street instead as they find this quicker and more convenient.

Using Fann Street to make a turn brings vehicles into perceived conflict with pedestrians, especially when making a three-point turn; and those vehicles that have a reversing warning alarm create noise disturbances. Fann Street is a no through road for motor vehicles, so numbers are relatively low. Although there are no recorded casualties at the junction due to vehicles turning, the City Corporation carried out a short traffic and pedestrian survey and commissioned a consultant to assess the implications of removing the ban on U-turns.

The City Corporation considers that the conditions in Aldersgate Street are suitable to allow vehicles to make a U-turn at the end of the central reservation and that the ban can be suspended using experimental powers. Comments on the operation of this change are welcome for six months from its introduction.