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Street improvements at Walbrook and Cannon Street

Planned improvements at Walbrook.

Highway and footway enhancements are currently taking place around the new European headquarters of Bloomberg.

We are making improvements to Walbrook, Bucklersbury, Cannon Street, Queen Street and Queen Victoria Street.

These works are creating high quality streets and spaces that reflect and complement the development, the surrounding listed buildings and the nearby conservation areas.

In order to achieve the best possible outcome the proposals have been developed with local stakeholders through the Bloomberg Working Party.

A summary of the highway changes that are being delivered can be viewed in this Summary of Highway Changes plan (120KB).

Construction programme

The highway construction work began in summer 2016 and is being delivered in five phases over a 20-month period. The full scheme is expected to be completed in spring 2018.

The programme (subject to weather) is as follows:

  • Phase 1: Walbrook, August 2016 to February 2017
  • Phase 2: Cannon Street, January 2017 to May 2017
  • Phase 3: Bucklersbury / Walbrook (northern end), February 2017 to August 2017
  • Phase 4: Queen Street, July / August 2017 to November 2017
  • Phase 5: Queen Victoria Street, November 2017 to May 2018

Consideration has been given to minimising the impact on the highway network. The works have been scheduled around the closure of Tower Bridge, the launch of the Bank on Safety experimental traffic scheme and the need to accommodate two Lord Mayor's Shows over the construction period.

Throughout these works pedestrian access will be maintained to premises. Vehicular access, where applicable, will be actively managed through consultation with individual premises.

While every effort will be made to keep noise levels to a minimum, some noise impact is anticipated. We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during these works.

Phase 1 - Walbrook (August 2016 to February 2017)

Phase 1 at Walbrook, from Bucklersbury to Cannon Street, began on 30 August 2016 and was completed on the 4 February 2017.

The highway works at Walbrook have:

  • introduced high quality Yorkstone paving and granite
  • created a single level surface (without raised kerbs)
  • created a pedestrian and cycle friendly route between Bank and Cannon Street

Phase 2 -  Cannon Street (January 2017 to May 2017)

Work on Cannon Street began in January 2017 and was completed in May 2017.

During this phase we have:

  • widened the footway on the southern side of Cannon Street
  • used high quality Yorkstone paving for the footway
  • created a more uniform road width along Cannon Street
  • improved the pedestrian crossing facility at the junction of Cannon Street / Walbrook / Dowgate Hill

Phase 3 - Bucklersbury / Walbrook (February 2017 to August 17)

The third phase of work at Bucklersbury and the northern end of Walbrook began on the 1 February 2017 and will be complete by the end of August 2017.

During this phase we are:

  • reconstructing the footpath and highway in high quality Yorkstone and granite
  • raising the level of the carriageway on both streets so that they sit flush with the footways

We are working in small sections of the street to minimise the impact to our neighbours. By working in this way we can ensure service vehicles can continue to move through the area.

Phase 4 - Queen Street (July / August 2017 to early November 2017)

​​Work will start on Queen Street in August 2017.

During this phase we will renew the surface of the shared cycle and pedestrian space that runs between Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street. We will complete the resurfacing work ahead of the Lord Mayor’s Show in November 2017.

Pedestrian and cycle access will be maintained throughout the construction work.

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