- By Simon Munk on 1 day ago
Walking and cycling charities London Cycling Campaign and Living Streets are today uniting to give their full backing to the City of London Corporation, as taxi drivers begin demonstrating against the City’s plans to close Bank junction to all motor vehicle traffic bar buses during the daytime.
The two groups say that the proposals must go ahead to save lives and improve conditions for workers and visitors in the City.
Hundreds of LCC supporters and members protested at the junction in June 2015 following the death there of cyclist Ying Tao, in a collision with a lorry. The junction and its immediate surrounds has been the scene of more than 100 collisions in the past 5 years including 17 serious or fatal ones.
“This is not about cars versus bicycles, or pedestrians versus taxis. It’s about stopping more terrible fatalities, celebrating the City’s iconic buildings and spaces, and making the area a hugely more attractive place to work, do business and visit. That’s good for everyone – including those taxi drivers misguidedly protesting today, whose journey times through the area are actually set to improve when these plans go ahead,” said Ashok Sinha, CEO of the London Cycling Campaign.
“The vast majority of people using Bank Junction are on foot – 18,000 in the morning peak. For everyone walking and cycling there, Bank Junction is woefully inadequate. It’s hugely polluted, overcrowded and unsafe – as demonstrated by its shocking casualty record. These changes will improve Bank Junction for everyone who works, lives and visits the City by making it a safer and healthier place,” said Tompion Platt, Head of Policy and Communications, Living Streets
The City of London’s thorough report into its proposals notes that 75% of the casualties arising from collisions are suffered during the period where most motor vehicles would now be banned, and estimates over 50% casualty reductions would be achieved by the proposed scheme.