Central London traffic, congestion and Streetscape for the week ahead

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Congestion starting to rise in Central London due to challenging restrictions and one-way systems

Stuart Godman, ‘I really see our Cargo Bike fleet returning to pre-covid demand and more.’

At the end of May, IOC fellow, Stuart Godman, London courier company boss of Absolutely, highlighted some of the potential challenges of deciding how companies return to work and how the logistics landscape was going to change

It was clear that the square mile and many busy locations such as Park Lane (pre covid-19) were certainly going to introduce more restrictions to ensure the safety of the public.

We thought we would catch up with Stuart a month on from his initial thoughts to see what’s developed at Absolutely.



Stuart says

We have kept positive; we have kept calm and most importantly we have kept focused on our absolutely number 1 priority…. our customers. Although the feedback from our control team and couriers alike has been a shared frustrations about one-way systems and barriers in and around the City, the whole team understand and are committed to doing what is right for our customers and the wider public. Park Lane recently defended its installation of temporary cycle and bus lanes, which has left 4-wheel vehicles with just one of the three northbound lanes of this busy thoroughfare open. There have also been speed limit reductions which now see vehicles having to abide by a 20mph speed limit which has essentially been halved.


These restrictions do impact the courier industry, especially when clients are within a temporary one-way system or has limited access to key delivery areas due to makeshift barriers. Yes, it can be frustrating and it have an impact on service, however, Absolutely continue to promote and service many deliveries with our carbon neutral Electric Cargo Bike fleet. We now have more than 50% of our cargo bike fleet working as normal due to more recent demands and restrictions. We’ve even, made available, additional PPE to help protect our couriers and colleagues as we are always committed to going that extra mile.


Roads will start to become more congested as the lockdown continues to ease. Courier companies will need to think and work smarter to ensure that this doesn’t impact our all-important clients. We are confident that we have the solutions, and with more and more clients returning to work I really see our Cargo Bike fleet returning to pre-covid demand and more.



Transport for London, Wed Freight call

TfL talk details of Streetscape impacts for the coming week (22 June 2020)

TfL have created a Wed freight dial-in call for trade associations; the call provides updates on changes taking place as lockdown softens and the Streetspace project engages in the new norm of return to work.

Road reshaping, cycleways and access; everything is running at a very fast pace.

TfL, Dr Andy Neather explains the lens behind the road updates..

Shops reopening - From Monday 15 June, as non-essential retail shops begins to reopen, the roads surrounding shopping destinations may be busier than usual. Currently the busiest times on our roads are between 06:00-09:00 and 16:00-19:00, and these times are likely to extend with the reopening of shopping destinations. Journeys may take longer. If you can, take an alternative route to avoid areas immediately around shopping destinations. If you must drive near shopping destinations, please take extra care, as there are likely to be more people walking and cycling. Queuing systems for entry to shops may also mean that people use the road to maintain social distancing.

’ Streetspace For London - In line with our plans to create more space on the streets for people to walk or cycle while social distancing, there will be continuous updates to the layout of various roads. These changes include extending footways and bus and cycle lanes. While we don't expect the works to impact your journeys, we want you to be aware of the layout changes and will continue to provide a list of upcoming changes.


TfL weekly commercial drivers' travel update, which sets out changes and events that could affect your planned delivery operations.

Bishopsgate fact sheet for Monday - TfL has confirmed there will be a factsheet and map available for freight operators on Monday. It looks likely that there will however be access to most of the street for deliveries anyway. Note also that the start of the Bishopsgate works scheduled for 25/6 has now slipped to 3/7.

West Wickham High Street, Bromley - This weekend, we will be working on widening the footpaths on West Wickham High Street to allow for social distancing. This work will mean the temporary removal of parking outside building number 6-16, and building number 45. It will also affect the parking and loading bays outside of building number 59-67, 95-108 and 120-132. We aim to have the work completed by Saturday evening.

Brompton Road, Kensington & Chelsea - Wednesday 24 June, we will be working on widening the footpaths on the south side of Brompton Road between building number 137-249, from the Hans Road junction to just after the Egerton Road junction. The loading bay between building number 187-191 (Emporio Armani) will be reduced to 15 metres long. The loading bay outside number 197-207 (Bunch of Grapes pub) will be reduced to 12 metres long. The pay and display parking area nearby on Yeoman's Road will be converted into a temporary 24hr loading and disabled parking bay. Additionally, the loading bays outside of building number 221-225 and 227-235 will be removed and the pay and display parking nearby on Egerton Terrace will be converted into a temporary 24hr loading and disabled parking bay.

Euston Road, Camden - From 25 June, traffic lanes will be used to make space for new cycleways and bus stop bypasses. The speed limit will be reduced from 30mph to 20mph. It will not be possible to turn left eastbound from Euston Road onto Ossulston Street and Charlton Street. Additionally, the westbound left turn from Euston Road onto Upper

Wolburn Street will not be possible, this is to allow for safer cycleways. The new cycle route will connect with the existing cycle routes C6 at Judd Street and Gower Street.

In most cases loading bays on red routes will not be affected by the Streetspace programme. However, if you encounter a problem, please email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We aim to complete these works as above but please note dates and times are subject to change.

A40 Westway - From the evening of Sunday 14 June the speed limit on the elevated section of the A40 Westway will be lowered from 40 to 30mph. This will help protect the flyover and significantly reduce the likelihood of unplanned work and restrictions ahead of major maintenance work planned here for summer 2021.

Greenwich and Bexley – Until Saturday 27 June there will be various closures of the A102 and A2 each week night from 22:00 – 05:00. No works will take place at weekends and the Blackwall Tunnel will remain open. These are TfL works for essential maintenance. Please leave more time for your journey and follow the signed diversions, check status updates for more information.

Shoreditch - Until 30 September 2020, Shoreditch High Street will have a contra-flow reducing the width of the carriageway in both directions between Holywell Lane and New Yards Inn. This is due to Shoreditch Village development works.

London Bridge - Until 31 October 2020, London Bridge is closed to general traffic (except buses, licensed taxis, motorcyclists and cyclists). Diversions are in place and there are changes to the junction either side of the bridge. Please take extra care when driving while all users, including pedestrians, get used to the new layout.

Drivers using Blackfriars Bridge or Tower Bridge should expect queues while crossing the river. Travel outside of peak times and use alternative river crossings including Vauxhall, Westminster and Lambeth bridges where possible for an easier journey. This is for essential maintenance works being carried out by the City of London Corporation. Please visit our London Bridge works page for more information.