The improvements at Highbury Corner are designed to make walking and cycling around the area safer and more convenient.
Essential works to replace and upgrade the old gas mains are also taking take place on Canonbury Road until summer 2019. We are working with Cadent Gas in order to minimise disruptions.
We plan to introduce two-way traffic at Highbury Corner in spring 2019. We will complete our works in the area in summer 2019.
If you are travelling in the Highbury Corner area:
Until summer 2019
Buses travelling through Highbury Corner may be delayed while works are in place. This could affect routes 4, 19, 30, 43, 263, 271, 393, N19, N41, and N277.
Please allow more time for your journey or, if possible, consider travelling outside of peak periods.
Until summer 2019
Construction work started in June 2018 and will finish in summer 2019.
We've been paving footways along Holloway Road. This has included laying Yorkstone paving at Highbury & Islington station forecourt. This work was prioritised so we could move the temporary pedestrian crossing back to its original location outside Highbury & Islington station. The repaving works on the station forecourt are now complete and we reopened the pedestrian crossing in September 2018.
Our next phase of work began on 22 October. This stage focuses on realigning the kerb and paving on the footways between Highbury Place and Corsica Street and between Upper Street and Canonbury Road. Once this stage is complete, we will carry out similar work on Upper Street and Canonbury Road from December through to February 2019.
As part of this work, lane restrictions will be in place and the roundabout will be reduced to one lane in some locations. There will also be restrictions in place on Upper Street leading up to the roundabout. Lane restrictions will also be in place on Upper Street near the roundabout
Most works will take place from Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 17:00. Some weekend and night work will also be needed to complete the project as quickly as possible.
Route 277 daytime services now run between Crossharbour and Dalston Junction bus station. The route no longer serves stops on St Paul's Road and Balls Pond Road.
Passengers who need services between Highbury Corner and Dalston can use route 30, and additional buses run on this route at peak times.
The night time service has been renumbered N277 and extended via Upper Street, terminating in White Lion Street, and serving additional stops in Pentonville Road, Baron Street and White Lion Street.
The improvements, which include removing the roundabout, creating a two-way traffic system and introducing segregated cycle lanes, are designed to make walking and cycling in the area safer and more convenient.
Working closely with the Islington Council, we will create a new public space and larger station square by closing the western arm of the roundabout and improving access to the arboretum, while protecting existing trees.
For more information see our proposed changes map.
To ensure the new road layout operates effectively, motorists and cyclists will no longer be able to:
The closure of the western side of the roundabout will means that the following roads will be permanently closed to traffic:
We will also close the southern end of Corsica Street to motorists to assist cyclists moving through the junction and to remove any potential conflict between cyclists and other traffic turning into Corsica Street. The closure would also create a safer route for pedestrians crossing at the junction.
For more details see out Highbury Corner Traffic Modelling report and traffic information.
To make room for the new road layout we will need to remove some trees from the edge of the arboretum, as well as two from the northern side of the roundabout, three from the eastern side and one from the southern side - up to 17 in total. Two will be replanted in another location. The memorial tree and mature tree on the corner of Compton Terrace will not be disturbed.
We will mitigate the loss of trees by planting 22 additional trees within the boundary of the arboretum and in the new pedestrianised area.
Between 5 February and 20 March 2016 TfL and Islington Council jointly consulted on proposed improvements to Highbury Corner and on changes to bus services.
There are some changes to what was proposed in our 2016 consultation, and these are listed below:
For more information visit our consultation page
Work is now complete on the Highbury Corner Bridge replacement.
The bridge was built around 1850 and carries the Holloway Road (A1) over the London Overground line. The bridge also sits under the Highbury & Islington station building and forecourt.
The bridge was in a poor state of repair so it was essential it was replaced. This has prevented the need for disruptive emergency closures in the future.
The new bridge has an expected lifespan of 120 years.