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Highbury Corner

From 21 April 2019 Highbury Corner will operate in a new two-way traffic system

This is a key milestone of the Highbury Corner roundabout transformation set out below. This stage of work will also see the western arm of the roundabout closed off to vehicles to create a new public space.

To prepare for the traffic switch to two-way, resurfacing works around the roundabout will be carried out to ensure that the new road layout is implemented as efficiently as possible.

The resurfacing works will take place throughout the weekend from 8pm on Friday 5 April until 5am on Monday 8 April in Holloway Road, Upper Street and within the gyratory. There will also be work in Canonbury Road and St Paul’s Road on three consecutive nights from Monday 8 April to Wednesday 10 April between 8pm and 5am.

These works will involve staged directional and/or full closures on the roads leading to the roundabout. Full details of all of these closures and how travelling in the area for pedestrians, cyclists, bus users and drivers could be affected is available on TfL's Highbury Corner roundabout travel advice webpage. 

Once resurfacing work is complete, the traffic switch from one directional to a two-way traffic movement will be completed between 00:01 and 07:00 on Monday morning 22 April 2019 (Easter weekend). From 07.00 on Sunday 22 April the switch will be complete and the traffic will be two-way. Please check TfL's Highbury Corner roundabout travel advice webpage for regular updates about this stage of work, and related journey planning information.

About the Highbury Corner roundabout transformation

The Mayor of London, working jointly with the Council, is making changes at Highbury Corner to make it more pleasant and accessible for all users, with improved facilities for pedestrians, cyclists and Highbury & Islington Station users. 

The changes at Highbury Corner which will transform the roundabout include:

  • closing the western arm of the roundabout to create a new public space, including the Highbury & Islington Station forecourt and part of the arboretum (the green space at the centre of the roundabout)
  • introducing two-way traffic and segregated cycle lanes on all three remaining sides of the roundabout
  • permanently closing Highbury Station Road and Hampton Court to motor traffic
  • closing the southern section of Corsica Street to motor traffic and creating a continuous footway across the junction entrance to give pedestrians priority over traffic
  • improving pedestrian crossings making them easier to cross and providing ‘Legible London’ signage to improve wayfinding and stopping the 277 daytime bus service at Dalston Junction instead of Highbury Corner and extending the 277 night bus to the Angel
  • additional services will be provided on the 30 bus service during peak morning and evening hours (please see the frequently asked questions in 'Useful documents' for more information).

The above works will take place from 28 June 2018 until summer 2019.

In addition, Cadent will be carrying out essential gas works on the roundabout and on Canonbury Road to Essex Road to replace and upgrade the old gas mains with new pipes from July 2018 to late 2019.

The works related to the redesign of Highbury Corner roundabout and the gas maintenance works will be co-ordinated to minimise disruption in the area as much of possible.

However, there will be disruption to traffic flows through the area at different times, including potential pedestrian and cycle diversions, traffic lane closures, parking and turning restrictions, street closures, and some bus route diversions or delays. Signage will be in place to assist pedestrian and cyclists to move through the works area and shops and businesses in the area will be open throughout the works.

Please visit TfL's Highbury Corner roundabout travel advice webpage for the latest information on how your journey could be affected if you are travelling in the area throughout the programme of works.

For more information about the transformation of Highbury Corner, or if you have any queries, please see the frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page, or visit TfL's Highbury Corner roundabout project page.

Traffic monitoring

TfL and the council are committed to monitoring the traffic levels before and after the implementation of the roundabout transformation to assess and address any impacts to local roads. New traffic counts will be undertaken a year after the completion of the main highway works. A summary of the traffic data collected during previous counts and an explanatory note are available below. 

Highbury Corner bridge works

Work on the Highbury Corner bridge replacement was carried out between October 2014 and Spring 2018.

The Highbury Corner bridge was built around 1850, and extends over the railway lines used by London Overground. Holloway Road (the A1), Highbury & Islington Station and the site of the former post office building sit on top of the bridge structure.

The bridge structure was in a poor state of repair so it was essential that it was replaced. This has prevented the need for disruptive emergency closures in the future.

Past consultations

  • Highbury Corner roundabout Feb-March 2016: The responses demonstrated overall support for the scheme, particularly in relation to impacts on pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users, though there were concerns about potential bus and traffic impacts. To see the full consultation report, please visit TfL's Highbury Corner consultation webpage. The consultation leaflet and information about traffic impacts in the local area can be downloaded from the bottom of this page
  • Highbury Corner roundabout 2007/08: The results of the consultation revealed that most local people wanted the western arm of the roundabout to be closed to vehicles. This option included the relocation of the post office to create a new public space that extends from the station to the end of Upper Street
  • Highbury & Islington Station and Highbury Corner - Planning Framework 2004: Consultation on the draft planning framework was carried out in 2004 and was adopted by the council as Supplementary Planning Guidance in July 2004. You can download the framework at the bottom of this page

Contact us

If you have a query about the Highbury Corner roundabout transformation, please view the frequently asked questions (FAQ) in 'Useful documents'.

You can also email Glenn Tobin the Public Liaison Officer for the Highbury Corner roundabout scheme or call 07725 521 194.

For any further information please email the Strategic Projects and Transport Planning team or call 020 7527 2000

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