Jennette Arnold
London assembly member for North East London — fighting your corner at City Hall
Long-awaited work has finally begun at Highbury Corner

Long-awaited work has finally begun at Highbury Corner

The A1 Highbury Corner Bridge is going to be replaced as part of the Road Modernisation Plan. Transport for London (TfL) are doing this to ensure the bridge is safe and to safeguard against unplanned weight restrictions or closures in the future.

The Road Modernisation Plan is the biggest investment for a generation, consisting of hundreds of projects to transform junctions, bridges, tunnels and pedestrian areas. Working with London’s boroughs it will make our roads safer and more reliable, and London will be a better place in which to live, work and travel.

Work to replace Highbury Corner Bridge has already begun and will continue until early 2017. TfL also plan to transform the gyratory immediately after the works to replace the bridge have finished. TfL will consult on the proposed improvements next year, and you will have the opportunity to comment.

The existing crossing outside Highbury & Islington station was closed for a week from 10 November 2014, and will close again from 6 January 2015 until the project is completed. A temporary pedestrian crossing has been built about 50m north of the existing crossing and will be available throughout the project.

Two bus stops (stop A northbound and stop B southbound) have also been moved approximately 50m north along Holloway Road.

TfL has removed the traffic island outside the station so that we can rearrange traffic lanes and keep traffic flowing safely. TfL plans to keep one lane of traffic open each way throughout the works and maintain pedestrian access. A cycle route will be in place, although at times a signed diversion route will apply.

Most of the work will take place Monday to Friday 08:00 – 18:00, and Saturday 08:00 – 13:00. Some work will have to take place overnight, but TfL will do their best to keep noise to a minimum.

 

Road closures: Highbury Station Road and Highbury Crescent

Highbury Station Road (east of Swan Yard) will be closed from the end of 2014 and Highbury Crescent (between Highbury Terrace and Highbury Place) will be closed from January 2015. Both roads will be closed for the duration of the works. This will enable bike racks to be moved from the station forecourt to Highbury Station Road, and equipment storage and workers’ cabins to be placed at Highbury Crescent, which is the road between the playing fields.

 

Cyclists will not be able to use the right turn from Holloway Road into Highbury Place. Instead, they will be directed to use a temporary cycle lane that will run past the works, then via Corsica Street and Calabria Road to Highbury Place.

 

Highbury & Islington station: Old Post Office demolition

The empty Post Office building needs to be demolished, and TfL expects to start work during the week of 5 January. TfL will make every effort to minimise the impact of noise and dust during demolition (January – February 2015).

The footpaths next to the old Post Office will remain open, although hoardings around the demolition site will make the footpaths narrower. This might create some crowding at busy times, impacting journeys in and out of the station.

 

Find out more

A public information session is being held on Wednesday 3 December 2014 (16:00 to 20:00), Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London N1 2XD (just set back from Upper Street). The information boards from the meeting will be available at Central Library, 2 Fieldway Crescent, London N5 1PF from 4 December until early January 2015.

Visit www.tfl.gov.uk/highbury-corner for updates about the bridge replacement.