Measures to reduce Smithfield Market congestion return

Smithfield Market is to have special parking and travel arrangements during the Christmas period.

This will result in a combination of temporary road closures, vehicle restrictions, parking bay suspensions and changes in directional flow of traffic.

During the peak times mentioned above, vehicle access to the Market will be restricted to customers and business owners only.

These arrangements will be in place around Smithfield Market on consecutive nights from 10pm until 8am. This will start on Sunday 18 December and end on Friday 23 December.

All parking bays in the vicinity of the Market will be suspended in order to maintain traffic flow. However, there will be free parking at Smithfield car park until Friday 23 December 2016 every day from 9pm to noon the following day.

This will be the third year of traffic restrictions in the area.

Matthew Hill, superintendent of Smithfield Market, said: Over the past few years Smithfield Market has become increasingly popular and busier on key dates leading up to Christmas. This has created significant congestion and traffic gridlock. We therefore worked with the City of London Police and the Smithfield Market Tenants Association to put in place temporary traffic restrictions, making it easier for deliveries, traders and customers visiting the Market.

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