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 at the bottom of this page for details)
The above works will take place from 28 June 2018 until late 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.
Canonbury Road closure
Canonbury Road between Edward’s Cottages and Canonbury Square will be closed for two weeks, from 10am Monday 22 October 2018 to 6pm Sunday 4 November 2018, while Cadent replace gas mains on Canonbury Road.
Local access, including Canonbury Square, will be maintained throughout the closure and there will be a signed diversion for through traffic.
The 271 bus route will be on diversion. Please allow more time for your journey.
For further information and travel advice visit TfL's Highbury Corner webpage
Progress and Next steps
Advance works on the Highbury Corner Roundabout started on 28 June and continued until September when the main construction began. The improvements at Highbury Corner are expected to be completed in summer 2019.
Permanent changes to the 277 bus service took effect from Saturday 30 June 2018.
Cadent gas works started on Monday 23 July working within the Highbury Corner Roundabout. From Monday 22 October these gas works will progress along Canonbury Road to Canonbury Square.
For more information, or if you have any queries, please see the frequently asked questions at the bottom of this page, or visit TfL's Highbury Corner webpage.
Highbury Corner bridge works
Work is now complete on the Highbury Corner bridge replacement.
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. Preparatory works began in October 2014, and the works were completed in Spring 2018. This has prevented the need for disruptive emergency closures in the future.
- 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
If you have a query about the Highbury Corner roundabout transformation, please view the frequently asked questions (FAQ) at the bottom of this page.
You can also contact the Public Liaison Officer for the Highbury Corner roundabout scheme.
For any further information please contact the Projects and Transport Planning team at:
Telephone: 020 7527 2000
Address: Town Hall, Upper Street, London N1 2UD