We are removing the roundabout and making traffic two-way - this will enable us to improve pedestrian crossings and add segregated cycle lanes. More about the project.

We plan to switch the roundabout to two-way traffic over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 24-Monday 27 May).

Here is how transport will be affected during the switch and afterwards.

Bus

21:30 Friday 24 May to 00:01 Monday morning 27 May

  • Some local buses will be on diversion or stop short of their destination
  • These routes are affected: 21, 43, 55, 76, 135, 141, 205, 214, 243, 271, N55, N205
  • Some bus stops will be temporarily closed. There will be signs to help you find the nearest stop

00:01 Monday morning 27 May - November 2019

  • Buses will run on their normal routes, but may be delayed at the Old Street junction

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

Follow @TfLBusAlerts for news and service information.

Driving

21:30 Friday 24 May to 00:01 Monday morning 27 May

  • Old Street west and City Road south will be closed  from 21:30 Friday 24 May to 00:01 Monday morning 27 May
  • The Inner Ring Road will remain open through Old Street. 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

00:01 Monday morning 27 May - November 2019

  • Two way traffic will be introduced at Old Street, and the south-eastern section of the junction will be closed to vehicles
  • The right-turn from Old Street west into City Road south will be permanently banned
  • Delays are expected in all directions on the approach to the Old Street junction - allow more time for your journey. Alternatively, you may wish to consider making your local journey by cycling or walking.
  • If you are driving through the area, be careful while pedestrians, cyclists and other traffic gets used to the new two-way system

Congestion Charging & Ultra Low Emission Zone

On 26 May 2019 TfL will amend the Congestion Charging (CC) & Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) boundary at Old Street roundabout.

  • For most drivers, the change will make little difference  - you can still avoid the zone by using the A501 Old Street and City Road
  • Traffic flow on the Old Street Station service road will be reversed to exit into the CC & ULEZ zones.

Local businesses receiving delivery and servicing trips

Delays are expected during construction works at the Old Street roundabout until late 2020.

  • 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
  • We are running a programme of support for local businesses around Old Street to help minimise the impact of the works on delivery and servicing trips. For more information, email tdm@tfl.gov.uk with 'Old Street Freight' in the subject line

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

For news about traffic in London, follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter.

Cycling

21:30 Friday 24 May to 00:01 Monday morning 27 May

  • Old Street west and City Road south will be closed  from 21:30 Friday 24 May to 00:00 Monday morning 27 May
  • We have signed cycle routes in place to help guide you through the area while roads are closed

00:01 Monday morning 27 May - November 2019

  • Some segregated cycle lanes and dedicated cycle signals will be in place at the Old Street junction
  • We also have signed cycle routes in place to help guide you through the area
  • Take care as you travel through the new two-way system, 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.

Follow @SantanderCycles for news and customer service.

Walking

7 May 2019 - early 2020

  • The pedestrian subway on Cowper Street (subway 2) is closed
  • There is no access to subway 2, which may mean you have a longer walk into or out of the station
  • There are signs to guide you through the area

21:30 Friday 24 May to 00:01 Monday morning 27 May

Footpaths and pedestrian crossings will remain open wherever possible, although there may be temporary closures or diversions at times. Signs will guide you safely through the works area.

00:01 Monday morning 27 May - November 2019

Following the switch, remember to look both ways and take care as traffic gets used to the new two-way system.

Tube and rail

Tube and rail services are not affected by the Old Street roundabout works. It may take longer than usual to get into and out of Old Street station during construction works - allow extra time.

Information

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