Old Street roundabout

Traffic switch - major changes

From 21:30 Thursday 29 October to 05:00 Monday 2 November 2020

  • Old Street west and City Road south will be closed from while we install a new road layout. The Inner Ring Road will remain open through Old Street with lane closures

 From 05:00 Monday 2 November 2020

  • Until summer 2021, Old Street station will be exit only for customers on weekdays between 07:00 and 10:00
  • Until early 2021, there will be no left-turn from Old Street west onto City Road north; and no right turn from City Road south onto Old Street east
  • Delays are expected in all directions on the approach to the junction

More about the project.

Here is how transport is affected.

Bus

From 21:30 Thursday 29 October to 05:00 Monday 2 November 2020

  • Some buses will be delayed, on diversion, or stop short of their destinations
  • Impacted routes are the 21, 43, 55, 76, 141, 205, 214, 243, 271, N55, N205

Bus stops will be temporarily closed. Follow signs to the nearest stop.

From Monday 2 November 2020

  • Buses will run on their normal line of route, but may experience some delays through the Old Street junction
  • Allow more time for your journey if you usually travel through Old Street

For the latest information on how buses are running, see our bus status updates.

Driving

From 21:30 Thursday 29 October to 05:00 Monday 2 November 2020

  • The Inner Ring Road will remain open through Old Street with lane closures. However, for east / west journeys, the Inner Ring Road south of the river may mean a quicker journey over the weekend
  • Signed diversion routes will be in place.
  • Roads in the surrounding area will be a lot busier. Allow more time for your journey

New road layout from Monday 2 November

  • If you are driving through the area, be careful while pedestrians, cyclists and other traffic get used to the new road layout
  • Until early 2021, there will be no left-turn from Old Street west onto City Road north; and no right-turn from City Road south onto Old Street east
  • Delays are expected in all directions on the approach to the junction - allow more time for your journey. Consider alternatives to driving

Local businesses receiving delivery and servicing trips

Delays are expected during construction works at the Old Street roundabout.

  • Consider taking action to minimise the impact of any delivery or servicing trips made to your premises by:
    • Talking to your supplier about whether they can re-time their trips to outside of peak hours
    • Reducing trips by streamlining your suppliers and the number of visits they make to your premises

For the latest information on how London roads are operating, see our traffic status updates map.

old street map

Cycling

Segregated cycle routes through Old Street roundabout will be suspended from Friday 23 October, ahead of the traffic switch, until Monday 2 November. Follow the traffic diversions or follow the signed alternative cycle routes.

From Monday 2 November 2020

Segregated cycle lanes and dedicated cycle signals will be in place at the Old Street junction. We will also have signed cycle routes in place to help guide you through the area. Take care as you get used to the new road layout and be aware of pedestrians and other traffic.

There are a number of Santander cycle docking stations in the area. Check availability using the online docking station map. You can download the Santander Cycles app from the App Store or Google Play.

Walking

  • The footpath on the southeastern arm of the roundabout will be a closed from Friday 23 October, ahead of the traffic switch. Marshalls will be in place to direct pedestrians around the area.
  • The pedestrian subway on Cowper Street (subway 2) is closed
  • There are signs to guide you through the area

Tube and rail

Old street station will be exit-only on weekdays between 07:00 and 10:00 from Monday 2 Nov until summer 2021. This will enable the construction team to safely complete works while also ensuring the safety of all those using the station.

Travel alternatives 

Moorgate station for the Northern line and Great Northern services: Exit from Old Street station then:

  • Walk along City Road for 8 minutes, or
  • From stop M use bus routes 21, 43, 76, 141 or 214

Angel station for the Northern line: Exit from Old Street station then:

  • Walk along City Road for 20 minutes, or
  • From stop E use bus routes 43, 205 or 214

Liverpool Street station for alternative Tube routes: Exit from Old Street station then:

  • Walk via City Road for 13 minutes, or
  • Exit from Old Street station then from stop K use bus routes 135 or 205

Safer travel guidance

See our advice on safer travel and changes to travel.

If possible, travel at quiet times.

Information

Check before you travel and plan ahead using our travel tools. See:

  • Status updates for roads
  • Plan a journey, which can help you plan your route
  • Nearby, which uses your current location or a postcode or address of your choice and places you on a map, showing you Tube, bus, river, London Overground, DLR, TfL Rail and Santander Cycles locations around you
  • The TfL Travelbot on Facebook Messenger
  • Our email updates