Bank Junction is changing for the better
- By Fran_Graham on at 11:40am 15 May 2017
- Posted in: News and blogs, City of London
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Bank junction is now free of all motor traffic (except buses) from 7am to 7pm on weekdays.
This is a massive step forward for the notoriously nasty intersection in the City of London. It’s well known as a collision hotspot for pedestrians and cyclists. LCC had been campaigning for changes to the junction for years, and after Ying Tao was killed there in 2015 by a tipper truck, hundreds of you joined us on a protest calling for a safer junction for everyone.
Now the City of London Corporation have responded – since May, only people on foot, bike or bus are allowed to travel through the junction. This victory could only be achieved with the support of all of you – so thank you.
But this is could only be a temporary transformation. This scheme is a trial, and obviously, we want it to be made permanent.
The trail started on 22nd May, and the City of London Corporation want your feedback.
The first reports from the scheme show that it’s going very well: buses are getting through faster than expected, and pedestrians have more time to cross the roads. There are still a few vehicles passing through the junction, but this should continue to decrease as the trail goes on.
For question 4 (Given your experiences, since the Bank on Safety scheme became operational, do you support these changes to becoming permanent?) we’d encourage everyone to answer
Yes, I generally support the Bank on Safety scheme but would like to see the following variations:
- Extend the operation hours so that it’s 24/7
- Reallocate road space to increase pavements and make public realm improvements
- In the short term, only allow London buses (not tour/tourist buses) through the junction. In the long term, look at removing buses entirely from the junction.
The more positive feedback we can send the City of London Corporation, the better. They’ve already taken a bruising over this scheme from taxi drivers, and we want to show that there are many, many people out there that support this.
We'll be updating this page with the latest news - so keep checking back to find out more as the trial runs.
- How are they stopping people driving through the junction?
They are using number plate recognition technology to fine any motor vehicle (that isn’t a bus) that travels through the junction.
- How much is the fine? The fine is £130 pounds (with is reduced to £65 if it’s paid in 14 days)
- How long is the trial period? The trial period is for 18 months, although there is a chance that it could get shut down before then. That's why we're asking you to say #ThanksforBank as loudly as possible!
Join LCC today
Bank junction is just one of a number of major schemes starting over the summer. They all add up to a massive change for the city, inviting more people than ever to travel by bike.
But to make sure that happens, we need your support.