The Anonymous Widower

A Tale Of Two Cities

This article in the Evening Standard is entitled Traffic Will Be Banned From Three Roads Leading To Bank Junction Following Cyclists’s Death.

  • Priority will be given to pedestrians and cyclists at Bank Junction in the City of London.
  • The works will be completed before the works at Bank station are completed in 2022.
  • There may be a street market in front of the Bank of England.
  • The taxi drivers don’t like it.

Compare this to the attitude of London’s other city;Westminster, which has recently, gone against the pedestrianisation of part of Oxford Street and the extension of a Cycle Superhighway.

February 13, 2019 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. Pedestrianising sounds really friendly, but where applied inappropriately leads to a serious decline in custom. Take Castle Street in Edgeley, Stockport, pedestrianised in the 1990’s, after a short link road around it was completed. Within ten years it had one of the highest vacancy rates in the UK (~30%) and a forest of to let signs. The council compounded the problem by applying small charges to park in their car parks at the rear. Some action has been taken, but it still looks derelict and virtually no-one goes there after 6pm.

    Oxford Street is rather different – probably 99% get there by public transport, but simple mechanical problems like access for servicing etc. make pedestrianisation impractical.

    Comment by Mark Clayton | February 13, 2019 | Reply

  2. The area of Oxford Street proposed for pedestrianisation would have had four entrances to new Crossrail stations and three Central Line stations.

    Oxford Street also has gone traffic-free at weekends before Christmas and it has been shown to work.

    Tottenham Court Road is being pedestrianised and it will be interesting to see how that goes.

    We should also remember that Liverpool has a lot more pedestrianisation and it seems tyo work well, but they have an Underground railway serving the city centre. Manchester hasn’t used the trams as an excuse to pedestrinise, which Sheffield and Nottingham have done in part.

    If Manchester were to develop tram-trains like Kassel, Piccadilly Gardens could become one massive tram-train interchange surrounded by a market and cafes.

    Comment by AnonW | February 13, 2019 | Reply

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