Archway gyratory

Archway gyratoryArtist's impression of the proposed Archway town centre

Our improvements will create a new public space in the heart of the town and introduce a new two-way traffic system, dedicated cycle lanes and improved pedestrian crossings.

We started works in February 2016 and plan to complete them in summer 2017.

The works are being completed in separate construction phases to keep disruption to a minimum. Different areas around the gyratory will be affected at different times.

Information on how your journey might be affected during all of the works, including traffic maps, is on our Archway gyratory travel advice page.

The work is part of our Road Modernisation Plan.

What we are doing

As part of the improvements we are:

  • Changing the one-way gyratory traffic system to two-way operation
  • Creating a new public space and improving access to local businesses by closing the southwest arm of the gyratory to traffic
  • Introducing segregated cycle lanes, including a two-way cycle route close to Archway Tube station
  • Introducing a new street-level pedestrian crossing on Archway Road (near Despard Road), replacing the pedestrian underpass
  • Permanently ban right-turns from St John's Way to the A1 Archway Road
  • Permanently introduce a no right-turn from the A400 Junction Road onto the A1 Holloway Road
  • Permanently reverse the one-way operation of Vorley Road and MacDonald Road
  • Keeping the no left turn from Holloway Road into Junction Road

The permanent changes to turn movements are expected to come into effect from January 2017. We will provide further information closer to the time.

Approximately 30 trees in total will be removed from around the gyratory to make space for the road layout improvements. We're trying to reduce the number of trees affected and new trees will be planted later in the construction period.

We are currently assessing viable locations and the number of trees that can be planted.

Work update

We have reviewed the works at Archway to minimise disruption caused by closures on Holloway Road from Friday 21 October 2016 to Monday 16 January 2017.

During this time, we are reducing construction work at Archway that has an impact on the road network and, where safe to do so, we are removing temporary lane closures required for works.

We still plan to complete works to create a new public space, introduce a new two-way traffic system, dedicated cycle lanes and improved pedestrian crossings in summer 2017.

Closures are needed on Holloway Road between Fairbridge Road and Wedmore Gardens as part of the Upper Holloway Bridge replacement.

Check back here for updates.


We're making these changes to better balance the needs of all road users and make the area more welcoming.

  • Pedestrians will have improved crossings to access the town centre
  • Cyclists will have dedicated routes, improving safety and making cycling more enjoyable
  • Motorists will drive through a better road layout, with reduced risk of collision
  • Tube passengers will be able to leave Archway station and walk directly into the new public space
  • Everyone will benefit from an improved, more accessible town centre which might help attract investment


We held a consultation on proposals to improve Archway for cyclists and pedestrians and create a new public space in late 2014. For more on the proposed changes, see the Archway response to consultation report on the Archway gyratory consultation page.

Some changes will be needed to bus services in the area because of the changes to the road layout. We gathered opinions on how bus routes will pass through the new road layout, and which routes will serve which bus stops, from 11 January to 29 February 2016. Find details of this consultation on the Archway bus routes consultation page.


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