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Preliminary works to begin on City Square

Preliminary works to transform City Square into a more people-first environment will begin from Sunday 4 September.

Works to make City Square a world-class gateway to the city will begin at the start of next month. The highways works will divert all traffic away from City Square ready for its full traffic closure in February 2023. Traffic management will be in place from 00:00 4th September - meaning diversions to traffic travelling north into the city centre along Neville Street, Bishopgate Street and Swinegate will be in place.

Vehicular access through City Square on Wellington Street past the railway station and The Queens Hotel will be restricted to local property access only. Drivers wishing to gain access to the railway station pick-up/drop-off on Aire Street will need approach from the Whitehall Road direction instead of driving through the Square. General vehicular access will still be permitted to Lower Basinghall Street from Bishopgate Street for localised access and designated blue badge parking bays, as at present.

Plan ahead

Motorists who normally travel into the city centre along this route are urged to plan their journeys in advance and allow extra time and consider alternative ways to travel. This could include:

  • Using Park and Ride schemes such as Stourton, Elland Road and Temple Green.
  • Travelling by bus or rail.
  • Cycling or walking into the city.
  • Motorists who can travel to their destination without driving through the city centre are encouraged to consider a number of diversionary routes which involve using junctions 2 and 4, off the M621.

    More information is available here including maps to key destinations in the City Centre.

    Posted on 5th August 2022

    by Dane Hiscocks