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Traffic permanently banned from three roads to Bank Junction for pedestrian and cyclist safety

Death of Ying Tao in 2015 has spurred changes to incident 'black spot'

Joe Robinson
12 Feb 2019

The partial ban of vehicles on London's Bank Junction is to be extended with traffic now banned from at least three roads leading to the junction in a bid to prioritise cycling and walking. 

Motorised vehicles have been banned from the area at peak hours since September 2018. This latest measure would ban traffic from entering the junction at all times from half of the available routes. 

This change comes as the City of London announced £18 million worth of works to increase safety for cyclists and pedestrians at the busy junction.

Although the plans will not fully restrict private traffic from entering Bank, they will dramatically reduce traffic with future plans also considering the pedestrianisation of Threadneedle Street for a market and Santander cycle hire rack. 

Current provisions only allow buses, bicycles and emergency vehicles through the junction between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00 on weekdays.

This faced criticism and protest from black cab drivers who claimed these provisions were increasing congestion despite a reduction in the number of traffic incidents at the junction with casualties falling by 52 per cent. 

Fran Graham from the London Cycling Campaign has supported the measures and how they are set to make cycling in London a safer experience.

'This bold scheme has proved its worth, changing a hostile and dangerous junction into a space people can enjoy, while walking and cycling far more safely,' Graham said.

The ban on vehicles last year was a consequence of the death of cyclist Ying Tao, 26, who was crushed by a HGV while commuting to work in 2015.

In a six-year period between 2011 and 2017, 34 cyclists and 31 pedestrians were injured by vehicles at the junction between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00.

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