City of London Corporation to survey traffic orders across the Square Mile

The City of London Corporation’s main decision-making body has today (21 April) voted in favour of a survey into existing transportation schemes across the Square Mile.

In a motion passed at the Court of Common Council, elected Members agreed to review all traffic restrictions currently in force. It will look at specific justifications for the restrictions and whether schemes comply with existing policy.

The motion also commits to a review of restrictions at Bank Junction. Currently only buses and cycles are able to pass through the junction between the hours of 7am-7pm on weekdays.

The amended motion, as agreed by the Court of Common Council, said:

This Honourable Court notes and reaffirms its support for the Transport Strategy (adopted in May 2019) - including the prioritisation of the needs of people walking especially considering the imminent and very welcome opening of the new Elizabeth Line - the Climate Action Strategy and the Corporate Plan.


  1. That the Planning and Transportation Committee be requested to task officers to commence a detailed survey of current traffic flows and other relevant metrics of public highway usage in the City with a view to creating a body of evidence to inform a review of experimental or permanent traffic orders in force. The Planning & Transportation Committee should report to this Honourable Court no later than October (2022) this year and details of any proposed consequential review of traffic orders by December 2022.
  2. That the Planning & Transportation Committee be requested immediately to begin a review of the nature and timing of current motor traffic timing restrictions at Bank Junction, to include all options. This review will include full engagement with Transport for London and other relevant stakeholders, data collection, analysis and traffic modelling. The Planning & Transportation Committee should then present its recommendation to this Honourable Court as soon as practicable.
  3. Both the above reviews should take account of the Transport Strategy, Climate Action Strategy and Corporate Plan, as previously adopted by this Honourable Court.

The City Corporation’s Transport Strategy, adopted in May 2019, includes key targets on enabling and prioritising space for pedestrians and cyclists, reducing motor traffic, improving air quality and eliminating death and serious injuries on City streets.

There are also existing policies on climate action, including supporting the achievement of net zero for the Square Mile by 2040 and to dedicate more street space to walking and cycling, outlined in the City Corporation’s Climate Action Strategy which was adopted in October 2020.



Notes to Editors:

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. 



Shani Annand-Baron
Media Officer, City of London Corporation
shani.annand-baron@cityoflondon.gov.uk or 07710 860885