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Proposed highway changes at Shoe Lane

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

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.

Timetable

Since January 2018 we have been improving the public realm by creating pleasant and attractive spaces for workers and residents.

The remaining timetable for construction is:

  • Jul 2018 to Aug 2019 - Stonecutter Street
  • Oct 2018 to Aug 2019 - Shoe Lane
  • Jun 2019 to Aug 2019 - Plumtree Court / Shoe Lane

Scheme details

Key features of the overall scheme include:

Shoe Lane

  • New footway paving
  • Raised granite carriageway
  • Wider footways
  • Planters with trees and shrubs
  • Bollards and new street lighting

Stonecutter Street

  • New footway paving
  • Raised granite carriageway
  • Planters with trees and shrubs and granite blocks for seating
  • No parking or loading. The street will remain closed to through traffic. 

Plumtree Court

  • New footway paving
  • Raised granite carriageway
  • The street will remain closed to through traffic. 

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 being implemented on Shoe Lane between St. Andrew Street and Charterhouse Street.

To improve road safety, this section of road will be made one-way and vehicles will travel north via Shoe Lane onto Charterhouse Street. The bollards underneath Holborn Viaduct have been removed and replaced with a narrowed carriageway which will permit northbound traffic only.

  • All vehicles 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 number of parking bays will be reduced by one

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

​The footway on the eastern side of Shoe Lane is being widened to accommodate an 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, we are restricting 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

Wider improvements to the area has been undertaken in three phases:

Phase 1 – 1 New Street Square (complete)

Footway and carriageway work around 1 New Street Square on Little New Street, New Street Square and Shoe Lane was completed in 2016.

Phase 2 – Shoe Lane Quarter highway work (in progress)

Highway work on Farringdon Street, Plumtree Court, Shoe Lane and Stonecutter Street started in January 2018 and is planned to complete in August 2019.

Phase 3 – North-South Cycle Superhighway (complete)

Work by Transport for London on Farringdon Street to extend the North-South Cycle Superhighway from Stonecutter Street was completed in September 2018.

Get in touch

If you have any questions, email the Shoe Lane Quarter team.


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