Diesel and Petrol vehiles will be banned from Barbican Estate’s Beech Street as it becomes Britain’s first zero-emission street, the City of London Corporation announced. Only those who fall into either Emergency vehicles, refuse collection or deliveries will be exempt.
The city is working alongside Transport for London on plans to have no environmental disruption from vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists by spring 2020.
The project will be delivered with an 18-month temporary traffic order, CLC said in a statement, which will allow air quality and traffic to be monitored.
CLC Environment committee chair Jeremy Simons said: “Drastically reducing air pollution requires radical actions, and these plans will help us eliminate toxic air on our streets.”
Petrol and diesel cars will be diverted using advance warnings and signage on their approach to Beech Street.
The zero-emission zone is backed by the City of London Corporation, but is still required to win final approval from Transport for London. It forms part of a broader plan by the City to decrease emissions, with a 15mph speed limit and additional zero-pollution zones