Temple and Farringdon Together calls for action on traffic congestion and road works

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Some of the streets in the west of the City of London are amongst the most congested in London and there is a serious risk of worse to come with planned changes at the Aldwych and on the Embankment due to the Tideway Tunnel works at Blackfriars.

Temple and Farringdon Together believe that action needs to be taken to allow essential vehicle movements and deliveries to take place and to allow public transport to move freely getting commuters and visitors to the places they need on time.

T&FT’s Oliver Sells QC met recently with Transport for London and City Corporation officers and came away very concerned:

“The programme for roadworks and road closures in the coming years is massive and could cause complete gridlock in the west of the City. We must get TfL to think again about their proposals and get the City to come up with a plan to mitigate the inevitable congestion.”

Temple and Farringdon Together areĀ making some constructive suggestions for such an action plan, including:

  1. Reviewing the number and frequency of buses on routes through Fleet Street and Holborn, especially outside the ‘rush hour’ periods;
  2. Re-opening some of the side streets which have been closed as part of the City’s ‘ring of steel’ operation to ease congestion on major roads;
  3. Instituting delivery consolidation centres and approved delivery hours to reduce the number of ‘white vans’ parked on the City’s streets, especially at busy times;
  4. Seeking better regulation and co-ordination of road works and utility works that impact on traffic movements; and
  5. Undertaking a thorough review of whether other steps might be taken to reduce the number of non-essential private vehicle movements in the City during the busiest times of the day.

Paul Martinelli CC, who represents Farringdon Without on the City’s planning and transportation committee, commented:

“Action really does need to be taken now to stop the City’s streets clogging up entirely. This will involve some innovative thinking to ensure that customers and deliveries can get to and from our local businesses, and that residents can move freely when they need to.”

Access to the Temple remains a top priority says T&FT’s Oliver Sells QC

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Last year’s plan by Transport for London to close Tudor Street brought home to many who live and work in the Temple the importance of closer liaison between the Inns and the City of London Corporation. It was only through the swift action of local City Councillors Edward Lord, Paul Martinelli, Wendy Mead and Gregory Jones that saw the decision to close Tudor Street reversed at April’s City Council meeting.

Since then, through the hard work of Edward, Paul, Wendy, and Greg, and the leadership of the City’s new planning chairman Chris Hayward, a new proposal was brought forward which keeps access and egress via Tudor Street and neighbouring roads and which has the support of both Inner Temple and Middle Temple and many local occupiers.

Looking forward, the Temple and Farringdon Together team are committed to ensuring access to the Temple is maintained and enhanced, including pressing for the re-opening of Temple Avenue onto the Embankment.

T&FT team member, Oliver Sells QC, a Temple resident and tenant at 5 Paper Buildings, said:

“It is crucial to the ongoing success of the Temple as the heart of the legal profession that barristersĀ and their clients can get into and out of the area without hindrance. That is why Temple and Farringdon Together is determined to keep Tudor Street open and to review the closure of Temple Avenue’s junction with the Embankment.”