Lunchtime Streets

What is Lunchtime Streets?

“Lunchtime Streets” is a proposal to remove traffic from a street over a lunchtime period, so people can enjoy their lunch in a safer and more pleasant environment.

Making the streets safer for people is key to both the City of London Corporation's and the Mayor of London's Transport Strategies.

Understanding the effects and perceptions of the local community when reducing traffic at a peak times, when most people are travelling on foot or bicycle will be key to making the streets safer.


Is this a new concept?

No - Cities around the world have been finding ways to demonstrate that they put people first and that streets can be re-imagined and do not always need to be dominated by vehicles.

In European capitals such as Oslo, Copenhagen and Amsterdam (to name a few) timed closures and car-free days or times in City centre streets have shown they can improve the quality of the air, the safety of the streets, and encourage people to use and enjoy the public realm.

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Greening and Seating. Source: Kcrag

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Street closure in New York.

Have your say

Proposed Lunchtime Streets in the City of London

St Mary Axe Trial - March 2019.

Events will be taking place on 19, 21, 26 and 28 March running from 12 to 2pm. You can find out more about the trial here.

Depending on the outcomes of the trial the follwing events are to be confirmed:

  • St Mary Axe - August 2019
  • Chancery Lane - September 2019

We will be updating the website with a list of events, and dates, that will take place around Lunchtime Streets.

Alongside the current trial being run on St Mary Axe we're also running public consultations to establish what people would like to see at Lunchtime Streets.

You can also let us know what you think by filling out this two minute survey: Lunchtime Streets.

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