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Shoe Lane Quarter - improvement scheme

Proposed highway changes at Shoe Lane

Significant change is coming to the Shoe Lane area with new office buildings nearing completion and the arrival of the Elizabeth line at Farringdon Station due in 2018.

The number of office workers will increase with more pedestrians and cyclists using the local streets while the number of vehicles passing through has decreased over recent years. This gives us the opportunity to make the streets safer and more accessible.

We will improve the public realm by creating pleasant and attractive spaces for workers and residents.

Our image gallery shows what the proposed changes would look like once the work has been completed.  

We aim to begin construction of the public realm and highway works early in 2018.

Scheme proposals

We are currently undertaking design work regarding the below proposals. A plan showing the public realm enhancements can be found in our image gallery.

Shoe Lane

  • New footway paving
  • Raised granite carriageway
  • Wider footways
  • Planters with trees and shrubs
  • Bollards and new street lighting
  • Shoe Lane (north) - No through route northbound except for building deliveries and parking

Stonecutter Street

  • Remains closed to through traffic
  • Granite blocks for seating
  • New footway paving
  • Raised granite carriageway
  • Planters with trees and shrubs
  • No parking or loading

Plumtree Court

  • Remains closed to through traffic
  • New footway paving
  • Raised granite carriageway
  • No vehicular access except for building deliveries

Farringdon Street

  • Extension of Cycle Superhighway (scheme delivered by Transport for London)
  • New footway paving
  • Planters with trees and shrubs
  • Bollards and new street lighting

Shoe Lane (north of St. Andrew Street)

​A number of traffic and parking changes are proposed on Shoe Lane between St. Andrew Street and Charterhouse Street.

To improve road safety it is proposed that vehicles making deliveries to new building premises will exit the area via the shortest available route. Vehicles will travel north via Shoe Lane and onto Charterhouse Street. The bollards currently underneath Holborn Viaduct will be removed and replaced with a narrowed carriageway permitting northbound traffic only:

  • Vehicles accessing buildings from Plumtree Court and Shoe Lane (between St. Andrew Street and Holborn Viaduct) will be permitted to travel northbound along Shoe Lane
  • Vehicles parking on Shoe Lane (between St. Andrew Street and Holborn Viaduct) will be permitted to travel northbound along Shoe Lane
  • Charterhouse Street between Holborn Viaduct and Charterhouse Street will remain two-way
  • The parking bays and disabled bays on Shoe Lane (south of the viaduct) will be relocated to the eastern side of the street
  • The parking bays on Shoe Lane (north of the viaduct) will be relocated to the eastern side of the street.
  • The number of parking bays will be reduced from six to three

Parking and loading restrictions Shoe Lane (south of St. Andrew Street)

​The footway on the eastern side of Shoe Lane is to be widened to accommodate for the increased number of pedestrians accessing new building entrances. This means the carriageway width on Shoe Lane will be reduced.

To allow for pedestrians to cross the street and to allow traffic to flow freely on a narrower carriageway, it is proposed to restrict parking and loading on the eastern side of Shoe Lane between St. Andrew Street and Stonecutter Street and on the western side of Shoe Lane outside 1 New Street Square.

Phased works

The work is being undertaken in three phases:

Phase 1 – 1 New Street Square (complete)

Footway and carriageway works around the 1 New Street Square development on New Street Square, Little New Street and Shoe Lane were completed in 2016.

Phase 2 – Fleet Buildings / Plumtree Court development

The work around the development will transform the highway on Shoe Lane, Farringdon Street, Stonecutter Street and Plumtree Court to create an enhanced public realm that complements the new building and provides a distinctive sense of place for the increasing number of pedestrians and workers in the area. The Phase 2 works will begin at the start of 2018 and will take approximately 18 months to complete.

Phase 3 – Transport for London North South Cycle Superhighway

The works on Farringdon Street are part of Transport for London’s programme to extend the North-South Cycle Superhighway from Stonecutter Street to Kings Cross and is planned to be implemented in 2018/19.

Get in touch

​To contact the team, email us at: shoelanequarter@cityoflondon.gov.uk


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