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Furlong Road and Digswell Street banned turns

We are introducing banned right turns from Furlong Road and Digswell Street onto Holloway Road. This scheme is being introduced as an experimental trial for 18 months to address safety concerns following a large number of dangerous vehicle movements on Furlong Road, Orleston Road, Crane Grove and Digswell Street.

An increase in traffic using these streets to turn right onto Holloway Road has resulted in severe traffic congestion and queueing. This has led to many vehicles making dangerous movements on these streets, which include junctions with restricted visibility.

We are banning these right turns onto Holloway Road to address this safety issue.

When is this happening?

Works to install the measures were completed in August 2021. 

Map of the Furlong Road and Digswell Street scheme

Map of the Furlong Road scheme

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Frequently asked questions

What changes are happening on Furlong Road and Digswell Street?

The council is introducing banned right turns from Furlong Road and Digswell Street onto Holloway Road. This means that motor vehicles will no longer be able to turn right onto Holloway Road from Furlong Road or Digswell Street. The restrictions will not apply to cycles or emergency service vehicles.

The scheme is being introduced as a trial under an 18 month Experimental Traffic Order (ETO). (See the FAQ “What is an Experimental Traffic Order?” for more details).

The banned turns are being enforced by traffic enforcement cameras and subject to a penalty charge notice.

When are the changes happening?

Works to introduce the banned turns will be carried out the week commencing 9 August 2021 and take approximately one week to complete.

The scheme is an experimental trial which will last for up to 18 months before a decision is made on whether it should be changed, made permanent or removed.

Why are you making these changes?

The banned turns are being introduced to address road danger issues on Furlong Road, Orleston Road, Crane Grove and Digswell Street. There has been an increase in traffic using these streets in recent months which, due to the layout of the junction of Orleston Road, Furlong Road and Crane Grove, has resulted in an increase in the frequency of dangerous traffic movements arising.

An increase in vehicles driving eastbound along Furlong Road and Orleston Road and turning right from Furlong Road and Digswell Street onto a busy section of Holloway Road has resulted in queues backing up on these side streets. This has resulted in some drivers making dangerous movements to avoid the queues, including significant numbers of vehicles driving on the wrong side of the road around corners with limited visibility; vehicles driving on to the pavement; and near-misses between vehicles and other road users.

We expect the banned turns to resolve these safety issues by preventing the majority of the traffic currently using Furlong Road, Orleston Road, Crane Grove and Digswell Street to travel eastbound and turn right onto Holloway Road.

Will I get fined if I make the banned right turn movement?

Yes, vehicles are being banned from turning right from Furlong Road and Digswell Street onto Holloway Road. The ban is camera-enforced and you will receive a penalty charge notice if you make these right turns.

Are any vehicles exempt from the banned turns?

Emergency services vehicles (including police, ambulance and fire brigade vehicles) and cycles will be exempt from the banned turns.

Will local residents and blue badge holders be exempt from the banned turns?

Residents and blue badge holders will not be able to legally make the banned turns in a vehicle, but all residents will still be able to drive to and from their homes, and people will still be able to access all amenities in the area by car.

The scheme is being introduced to address road danger issues resulting from vehicles travelling eastbound along Furlong Road, Orleston Road and Digswell Street and queuing to turn right onto Holloway Road We therefore need to prevent vehicles (except emergency vehicles) from making these movements.

Why are changes to access being made on Furlong Road and Digswell Street but not being made on other streets in the area?

We are making these changes on safety grounds. Road danger issues have arisen due to the combination of an increase in queuing traffic and the layout of the junction of Furlong Road, Orleston Road and Crane Grove.

We are planning to introduce people-friendly streets measures in the wider area between Caledonian Road and Holloway Road and Upper Street to address problems caused by through-traffic driving along local streets in the area. These will make the area safer, greener and healthier for everyone.

We expect this will be a complex scheme due in part to the size of the area, and therefore it will take time to plan and deliver.

We are listening to local people’s views about the traffic conditions on their streets, and will be in touch in due course to hear their views on how we can best address traffic issues in the wider area.

How will the scheme be monitored?

We will be gathering data including traffic speeds and volumes during the 18 month trial period to assess the impact of the scheme on the immediate streets and in the surrounding area.

This data will be analysed during the trial and taken into account as part of the decision on whether the scheme should be changed, made permanent or removed by the end of the trial.

How will drivers know they can’t use these streets to turn right anymore?

Advance warning signage will be installed in the local area to warn drivers of the changes ahead so they can re-route their journey. The changes will also be updated on satellite. navigation systems so that drivers are not directed along routes that use the banned turns.

Will the scheme lead to more traffic on other streets as a result?

Vehicles will no longer be able to turn right from Furlong Road and Digswell Street onto Holloway Road. In the short to medium term, vehicles that have been using these streets to make eastbound journeys towards Highbury Corner will need to use alternative routes in the area. We will be monitoring the scheme to understand where the traffic goes and can make changes to the trial scheme if required.

Longer term, we aim to introduce further people-friendly streets measures in the area to restrict through-traffic from travelling along local streets. You can visit our general people-friendly streets FAQs for more information on people-friendly streets.

We expect that people-friendly streets will encourage more people to choose to travel by walking, cycling and public transport for more of their journeys. This is in line with the aims of our strategies on Transport, Net Zero Carbon 2030 and Air Quality to reduce vehicle use, reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in the borough.

How can I have my say?

To ensure that you can have your say in how the measures are working, we have chosen to implement the scheme on a temporary basis, under an 18 month Experimental Traffic Order (ETO).

You can give us your views on how the measures are working and we can make any necessary changes so that the scheme works as well as possible.

We are launching an online survey which you can use to give feedback on the trial:

Complete the survey

You can also give your feedback by emailing furlong.digswell.scheme@islington.gov.uk.

For the first six months of the trial any formal objections to the experimental scheme can also be registered by emailing PublicRealm@islington.gov.uk (See the FAQ “What is an Experimental Traffic Order?” for more details).

Based on feedback and monitoring data, we will decide whether the measures will be changed, made permanent or removed at the end of the 18 month trial period.

What is an Experimental Traffic Order?

An Experimental Traffic Order is like a permanent Traffic Regulation Order in that it is a legal document that imposes traffic and parking restrictions.

However, unlike a Traffic Regulation Order, an Experimental Traffic Order can only stay in force for a maximum of 18 months while the effects are monitored and assessed.

An Experimental Traffic Order is made under Sections 9 and 10 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.Once an Experimental Traffic Order comes into force there is a six month period in which objections can be made. If the ETO is subsequently modified, objections can be made in the six months following from the date of the changes.

Any formal objection must be in writing, must refer to the relevant area, and must state the grounds on which it is made. Objections should be sent to: PublicRealm@islington.gov.uk.

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