Beech Street Zero Emission Zone

The Future

The Barbican Association (BA) is committed to improving air quality and reducing traffic in the area around the Barbican and Golden Lane estates. Our long term objective is to see the implementation of the larger Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) which is outlined in the City of London Transport Strategy of May 2019. This envisages a ZEZ extending from London Wall north to Old Street and from Aldersgate Street east to Moorgate. This is an ambitious project, and the BA is keen to work with the City and other stakeholders to achieve its successful implementation. The intermediate steps necessary to reach this ultimate goal will need to be carefully managed and the BA plans to ensure that these steps are implemented with the minimum disruption to the residents of the Barbican and Golden Lane.

The Past

Although the experimental ZEZ, which has operated for the last eighteen months has brought benefits to many residents, the project has been bedevilled by the City’s many failures of detail and leadership. This has caused hardship and inconvenience to many residents, and the people that provide services to them. The BA has been critical of these failures. We hope lessons have been learned, but it is important to record the failures of the experiment, which will conclude on 18 September, to ensure that these lessons are not forgotten.

To this end we have prepared a short history of the evolution of the ZEZ, which is presented below. (Beech Street ZEZ Saga). Because some of the content might be contentious, we have shared this with the City, and they have produced a response (City Response). Both documents follow in full below.

Beech Street ZEZ Saga
Beech Street ZEZ – City Response


  1. I am a London Taxi driver who has just received a PCN for dropping off an elderly gentleman in Beech St Tunnel so he could access Shakespeare Tower. The video evidence has been deliberately blacked out for 1 minute 26 seconds a the point where I dropped the passenger off. He walked with a a stick was drunk and unsteady on his feet. I was concerned for his safety and my good deed had cost me £65. Please contact me for further information at if you want to take this up with the City of London Corp.

  2. I would like to understand why are vehicles of all types (including diesel vehicles ) are allowed into the Beech street tunnel from 19 September 2021. For a few months we have enjoyed walking down the tunnel without worrying about breathing in polluted air and now we re back to the old times.

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