Cheapside and Poultry
Project Centre was commissioned to look at feasibility options for the redesign of Cheapside and Poultry in London to take account of pedestrian movements, all forms of traffic flow, road safety and streetscape improvements.
Cheapside and Poultry are located in the heart of the banking district of the City, and extend from St Paul’s Cathedral to the Bank of England, and are some of London’s most famous streets, with Cheapside was once being described as “the busiest thoroughfare in the world” (Charles Dickens Jr). The church of St Mary-le Bow is also located on Cheapside, being famous for its ‘Bow bells’.
Project Centre was initially involved in this project from inception through to the end of option development. The initial work included gathering and analysing pedestrian, accident and traffic flows to ascertain the current situation with a view to option development. The data collected was also utilised to model vehicle and pedestrian flows at King Street / Queen Street junction and the junction with New Change to determine the effects on traffic movement and congestion and help ‘traffic smoothing’.
Project Centre developed a series of streetscape options for the area taking account of the traffic analysis work, and encompassed the study into a single report with recommendations. The report has since been used to develop options still further with works currently being constructed in a phased fashion as and when funding is available.