Sections of London’s square mile could be pedestrianised under radical plans outlined by the organisation governing the area.
The idea is one suggestion on coping with the large influx of people returning to work, and easing the heavily congested financial district by making it accessible only by bike, foot or public transport.
Limited parking and increased use of vehicles, both taxis and private cars, could cause more congestion as well as an increase in air pollution. The other concern raised was over social distancing, with some of the pavements deemed too narrow for pedestrians to pass each other safely.
The report conflicts with Government advice which suggests it’s safer to drive than use public transport. However, the plans will focus on walking, cycling and managed use of public transport. While the recommendations will see a ban for non-essential vehicles, some areas may just impose time restrictions between 7am and 7pm.
The recommendations will be voted upon in a virtual public meeting of the planning and transportation committee later today – May 14. If the plans get the green light, they could be put into action by the end of the month and affect Cannon Street between Queen Victoria Street and Monument Junction, Cheapside and Poultry, Old Jewry and Coleman Street, Lombard Street, Leadenhall Street and St Mary Axe, Threadneedle Street and Old Brad Street.
May 14, 2020