Experimental ‘pedestrian priority’ scheme comes to Chancery Lane

New traffic restrictions will be introduced in a City of London street, in an experiment aimed at improving conditions for pedestrians.

From Monday, 20 February, Chancery Lane will close to through traffic from 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday as part of the City of London Corporation’s Pedestrian Priority Streets programme.

Black cabs will be exempt, while other vehicles will be able to use the street for access to properties and parking and loading bays.

The experiment follows similar measures first introduced during lockdown, and will last for a maximum of 18 months.

People are asked to give their views on the scheme, which will be taken into account before a decision is made on whether to make the restrictions permanent.

City of London Corporation Streets and Walkways Sub Committee Chairman Graham Packham said:

“Our Pedestrian Priority Streets programme is aimed at providing more space for pedestrians so they can feel safe and comfortable as they walk around the City.

“We want to make Chancery Lane a more attractive place for people who work in the area, residents and visitors to enjoy spending time in.

“We will be carefully monitoring traffic levels in the area to ensure the scheme doesn’t have an adverse impact on nearby streets, and take feedback from residents, businesses and other street users before making a decision on whether these restrictions remain in place permanently.”

The current one-way northbound restriction in Chancery Lane will remain in place. Vehicles prohibited from using Chancery Lane can use nearby Fetter Lane to travel between Fleet Street and High Holborn.

People can find more information, and give feedback on the experiment from Monday, 20 February, at www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/pedestrianprioritychancery

Notes to editors

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Tim Fletcher | Media officer – public services
City of London Corporation
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