Cars to be BANNED from HALF roads in this area of London and speed limits to drop to 15mph
Bold new proposals could see cars banned from half of the roads in one area of London.
The proposal to reduce the number of cars in London’s Square Mile coincide with plans to improve safety and cut congestion
Speed limits in other areas of the financial district could be reduced to 15mph to create a ‘world class’ street scene.
If accepted, the plans would see ‘pedestrian priority’ zones introduced which would see cars, vans, taxis, and buses banned from using certain routes.
Under the current proposal, around half of the roads in the Square Mile areas would be made pedestrian priority streets, reports the Evening Standard.
This includes Threadneedle Street near the Bank of London and roads around Mansion House, Moorgate and Liverpool Street stations.
It’s not just motor vehicles in these areas that would be banned, cyclists would also be required to give way to pedestrians.
Chris Hayward, chairman of the planning and transportation committee, has said that the “radical” new plans are being out in place to “future proof” the Square Mile in London, which is a hotspot for air pollution.
“This is an ambitious piece of work, but the City of London is a unique district,” he added
“With over 480,000 workers commuting into the Square Mile on a day-to-day basis, these are some of the busiest streets in London and we need to be open for business.”
Elsewhere, the City of London Corporation who is proposing these changes also called for the Congestion charge to be reassessed.
One suggestion was a variable road user charge which would be more expensive for highly polluting vehicles.
The Corporation also called for a “core cycling network” which would see the introduction of two-metre wide protected cycle lanes on busy routes.
Simon Munk, of the London Cycling Campaign, said: “We’re very excited by the plans, which stand in stark contrast to some of their city neighbours.
“It is a complex issue but it’s about designing the right spaces for the right mix of people, so we don’t end up with lots of pedestrian priority where there needs to be space for cyclists.
“The streets must be designed to encourage people to move and interact calmly.”