Skip to main content  


Background and previous consultation

The Aldgate Highway Changes and Public Realm Improvements Project is a key element of the Aldgate and Tower Area Enhancement Strategy. The highway and urban realm designs for the project have been shaped through consultation with a wide range of local stakeholders and are based on an analysis of the challenges and constraints faced by pedestrians, motorists, cyclists and bus passengers in the area.​​​​​​​​​​​​

The Aldgate and Tower Area Enhancement Strategy

​​The Aldgate Highway Changes and Public Realm Improvements Project emerged from the Aldgate and Tower Area Strategy, which provides a framework for improvements to the streets and spaces of the area.

Aldgate and Tower Area Enhancement Strategy: Public Consultation 2011-2012

In developing the Aldgate and Tower Area Enhancement Strategy, the City of London worked with more than 400 local stakeholders and engaged the wider public through a formal consultation process.

Businesses, traffic authorities, pupils from Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School, parishioners of St Botolph without Aldgate Church, residents, developers and road users told us that they wanted to improve the Aldgate and Tower area by:

  • Reducing existing traffic congestion
  • Making it easier to walk or cycle through the area
  • Developing public spaces for use during the day and night
  • Increasing opportunities for sport, play and recreation

Aldgate Gyratory movement data: analysis

​The City of London has collected and analysed a range of data on how people move around the local area, whether by foot, bus, bicycle or motorbike. This work highlighted how activity and movement has changed in recent years and provided factual information on which we could base future demand patterns. The findings of this work was used in the early stages of developing proposals for the Aldgate project.

Bus Service Analysis (5MB)
The analysis identified a series of challenges for bus movement in the area, and identified passenger movement once off the bus. It looked at how bus routes are likely to change and what consideration should be given in developing the new design.

Pedestrian Analysis (4MB)
The analysis identified that pedestrian movement is hindered by narrow footways, street clutter and a lack of safe crossing points in the area. It also identified the pedestrian desire lines for crossing points and the need for improved north-south movement.

Cycling Analysis (5MB)
The analysis identified challenges for cyclists in the area including conflict with moving motorised vehicles and stationary buses and goods vehicles at the kerb-side. There is a lack of well defined north-south routes for cyclists in the area.

Motorcycling Analysis (5MB)
The analysis identified that motorcyclists are often in conflict with traffic due to limited space and congestion.

Collision Analysis (1MB)
The analysis indicated that collisions have increased in the area since 2010. From 2010 – 2012 pedestrian and cyclist collisions accounted for an average of 54% of personal injury collisions. The majority of collisions occurred due to pedestrians walking into the road, sometimes through stationary traffic.

Summary and Conclusions ​(2MB)
Read a summary of the findings of the analysis of the Aldgate project area and the resulting challenges and opportunities.

Public perceptions of Aldgate

In 2012 the City interviewed people on the streets of Aldgate to find out what they think and feel about the existing area.

View a film​of their reponses.​

Transport for London: public consultation on changes to bus services 2014

As a result of the City of London's Aldgate Project proposal, TfL have found it necessary to make changes to the bus network including changes to stopping arrangements. ​A period of public consultation by TfL ran from 24 February 2014 to 4 April 2014.

TfL received 214 responses to the consultation: 211 from members of the public and three from local and key stakeholders. The consultation asked respondents about proposals for a number of routes or groups of routes. In general the majority of respondents supported the proposals or had no opinion.

After carefully considering all responses, TfL have decided to introduce the changes which were outlined in their consultation material. The changes will be implemented over the next two years as changes to the road network are delivered.

Find out more about the proposed changes to bus services and read the consultation report on TfL's website.