Bishopsgate Road Closure – Give Your Views

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: ), 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:

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CAZ for A10

Hertfordshire County Council and the Borough of Broxbourne are proposing to implement a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) on the A10 north of the M25. This is key part of the road network and acts as a feeder route to the M25. The need for this is based on nitrogen dioxide (NOX) levels exceeding legal limits and will mean charging of some vehicles.

That’s despite the fact that there is no clear evidence that NOX is damaging to health. See our document Air-Quality-and-Vehicles-the-Truth for explanation which has recently been revised to include the latest information.

More details of the proposals and a public consultation will follow in due course with implementation by 2022. Readers should make sure they oppose this latest proposal to damage the road network and make life more difficult for road users.

Roger Lawson


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