In January 2021, as part of our people-friendly streets programme, we introduced low traffic neighbourhood trials in Highbury Fields and Highbury West to create a cleaner, greener and healthier borough.
Like many neighbourhoods within the borough, Highbury has suffered from increased traffic volumes in recent years from the use of the area as a short-cut.
The trial aimed to:
- Make it easier and safer to walk and cycle
- Clean up the air we breathe
- Reduce road danger
We introduced the following traffic filters:
Highbury Fields; camera-enforced traffic filters have been installed on Highbury Place; one located south of the junction with Calabria Road and the other at the junction with Highbury Corner.
Highbury West; camera-enforced traffic filters on Aubert Park, Benwell Road, Gillespie Road, Highbury Hill, Monsell Road and St. Thomas’s Road. Bollard filters on Avenell Road and Plimsoll Road.
For information on how to drive through Highbury during Arsenal match days and event days, please visit the Emirates Stadium restrictions page.
We published the pre-consultation monitoring report for the Highbury PFS trial areas in February 2022. This report includes data one year on from the launch of the people-friendly streets trials in January 2021. Both the Highbury West and Highbury Fields trial schemes are analysed within the report.
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the Highbury PFS interim monitoring report which included data for both Highbury West and Highbury Fields. The report was completed by independent consultants and published in October 2021. We commissioned an independent audit of the report in February 2022. The audit was completed by the same consultants that prepared the recent pre-consultation report.
The audit identified some errors in the report, including a more robust way that the changes in traffic volume data could have been analysed. We would like to apologise for any confusion this has caused.
The independent audit has now been included at the front of the Highbury PFS interim monitoring report and re-published on 1 March 2022. You can also find the updated report in the ‘Useful Documents’ section of this webpage.
We held a public consultation on the Highbury Fields and Highbury West people-friendly streets neighbourhoods from Monday 7 February – Monday 14 March 2022.
Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback. We have now published the results from the consultation, and you can find detailed findings and the full consultation reports on the dedicated consultation page.
You can also access the full consultation reports for the Highbury Fields and Highbury West PFS neighbourhoods in the ‘Useful Documents’ section at the bottom of this page.
Next steps: continuing people-friendly streets in Highbury
The feedback from the consultation and monitoring results show that the trial has had largely positive impacts on the Highbury PFS neighbourhoods and generally achieved the trials objectives. We have decided to continue the Highbury PFS neighbourhoods.
We have listened closely to your feedback and will be making some important changes to improve the Highbury PFS neighbourhood.
You told us: Residents with disabilities told us their Blue Badge holder exemptions did not go far enough.
How are we listening?
We have listened and will be creating one exemption area by combining the Highbury Fields and Highbury West PFS neighbourhoods into one neighbourhood, which will be referred to as the Highbury PFS neighbourhood.
Blue Badge holders with an exemption permit for Highbury Fields or Highbury West PFS neighbourhoods will now be exempt from traffic filters across the Highbury PFS neighbourhood. The updated map of the Highbury people-friendly streets neighbourhood shows the location of the camera-enforced traffic filters.
If you are an eligible Blue Badge holder who lives in the Highbury PFS neighbourhood, you will be sent a letter with details of these changes. Please visit our PFS Blue Badge exemption FAQ's page for more details.
We are developing an exceptional circumstance dispensation for people who do not meet the criteria for the Blue Badge exemption permit. Further information will be available soon.
You told us: Pedestrians and cyclists sight lines are often obstructed by parked cars when turning at the junction of Fieldway Crescent and Highbury Crescent.
How are we listening?
We will trial the removal of three resident permit parking spaces on Highbury Crescent to improve visibility and make it safer for large vehicles to turn. We will be installing advisory signage at entry points leading to Fieldway Crescent and Highbury Crescent to encourage larger vehicles to take alternate routes.
You told us: Changes to traffic signage on Arsenal match and events days could be managed better.
How are we listening?
We are replacing existing signage with new foldable signs which will be closed on match and event days and open when the traffic filters are in place to make it clear for residents and local people.
These changes will be introduced through a new Experimental Traffic Order (ETO) for the Highbury Neighbourhood. As this is a new trial, a new objection window will open, and objections can be submitted within the first six months of the trial.
Works to enable the changes
We will be:
- Updating signage at the camera-enforced traffic filters with the new exemption code XM7 to allow Blue Badge holders with an exemption permit to travel through
- Removing three resident permit parking bays at Highbury Crescent
- Installing advisory signage on approaches to Fieldway Crescent and Highbury Crescent
- Replacing some signage with new foldable signs for Arsenal match and event days restrictions
Until these works take place in June 2022, the existing traffic filters in the Highbury Fields and Highbury West neighbourhoods remain operational.
The works will take place from 8 June 2022 and will take up to three days to complete. Access routes will be unchanged during the duration of these works. The new exemptions will be active from 13 June 2022.
You can find further information in the Highbury PFS consultation results and next steps residents leaflet.
Map of the Highbury low traffic neighbourhood
Camera-enforced traffic filters are located at Aubert Park, Benwell Road, Gillespie Road, Highbury Hill, Monsell Road and St Thomas' Road. Bollard filters are located at Avenell Road and Plimsoll Road.
There are also camera-enforced traffic filters on Highbury Place; one located south of the junction with Calabria Road and the other at the junction with Highbury Corner.
You can also see locations of the traffic filters on Google maps.