Tackling road danger and creating a better public space : Bank junction
As part of its partnership work with TfL and the Construction Logistics and Community Safety community LCC is looking at some of the innovative approaches to reducing road danger and improving safety implemented by CLOCS members.
Bank junction has a poor safety record: in the space of 5 years there were more than 100 collisions resulting in 118 casualties, several serious or fatal. For the City of London, the imperative to make changes came after the tragic death of young City worker Ying Tao in a collision with a lorry at the corner of Bank and Princes St in 2015.
City of London, like several other CLOCS champions, is also a highway authority and it has the power not only to require safety measures inside and outside building sites, but also to make changes to highway design.
In the case of Bank junction the City had already identified the need to take action. The daily mix of 18,000 pedestrian movements in the morning peak hour, along with 1,600 cyclists, 220 buses and 1,400 other motor vehicles, created a hazardous junction as well as a very poor public space in what is the very heart of London’s financial district.
The decision to exclude motor vehicles, aside from buses, from 7 am to 7pm was taken in consultation with Transport for London, which is the highway authority for the red routes in London and also has some jurisdiction over the capital’s strategic road network, including Bank junction.
City anticipates that the new traffic scheme, currently installed on a trial basis, will help reduce collisions as well as making Bank more liveable. After five months of operation of the new scheme there is no question that the junction has become a calmer place, with a greater opportunity for pedestrians to enjoy some of the finest architecture in the City.
Beyond making the infrastructure changes to reduce road danger at Bank City has also progressed it’s more conventional CLOCS commitments by incentivising developer best practice through the City Mark award programme which selects winners on the basis of improvements in FORS (Freight Operators Recognition Scheme) grading; progress towards safer vehicles with greater direct vision; improved driver and staff training; collision reduction and customer satisfaction.
The City has also partnered with LCC and truck maker Dennis Eagle in simultaneously promoting cyclists’ awareness of road danger from lorries, and fleet operator awareness of new, safer lorry design features. The new Dennis Eagle Elite tipper lorry, graded 5 star for direct vision under TfL’s new vision grading system, was used for a safety demonstration outside St Paul’s Cathedral.