Transport for London (TfL) have opened a new consultation on the Streetspace Scheme they installed on Bishopsgate in the City of London. This comprises the closure of the road (which is the A10) to all but buses and cyclists during most of the day – see map above.
This road is a key part of the road network in central London and its closure has created many problems, particularly for taxi drivers. But it has damaged the whole road network by creating extra congestion in the area.
This scheme was subject to a legal challenge by UTAG and they won the case in the High Court (see our comments at the time here: https://freedomfordrivers.blog/2021/01/21/streetspace-plan-for-bishopsgate-overturned-in-high-court/ ), but last August TfL won an appeal against the judgement.
TfL have decided to retain the scheme on an experimental basis partly because traffic patterns in London are hugely variable at the moment. The new consultation will last for six months.
We have submitted some comments already but you need to do the same. Go here to respond: https://haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/bishopsgate?
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