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Bank: Traffic banned to improve safety at dangerous junction

Bank Junction
Image caption The six-road junction is one of the most dangerous in London

Traffic is set to be banned from a busy road junction in the City as part of safety measures.

From Monday, only buses and cyclists will be allowed at Bank Junction from 07:00 to 19:00.

City of London Corporation say the scheme will see a 50-60% reduction in casualties and improved air quality.

The changes were voted through by the Corporation after 34 cyclists and 31 pedestrians were injured there between 2011 and 2015.

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Image caption Ying Tao was a Chinese national working in London

In 2015, Ying Tao, a 26-year-old female cyclist, was killed when she was hit by a lorry turning at the junction.

Following her death a protest was held at the junction, and months later more than 13,000 people signed a petition calling for lorries to be banned during rush-hour.

Image caption Following the death of Ying Tao a protest was held at Bank junction

During the 18-month trial, vehicles will be rerouted around the junction and it will be enforced with automatic number plate recognition cameras.

New taxi ranks have been added and existing ones extended.

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