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 should complete them in summer 2017.

We plan to introduce the new two-way traffic system at Archway overnight on 17 December 2016.

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

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

Works to introduce the new two-way traffic system are due to run overnight:

  • Saturday 17 December from 21:00-05:00 on Sunday 18 December 2016

These works were originally scheduled for January 2017 but are being brought forward to coincide with the current planned closures on Holloway Road.

Changes to prepare for the new two-way traffic system

Tuesday 6 December 2016

  • Buses will begin to use the stands on Archway Road
  • Signal timings at the new pedestrian crossing will also be adjusted to enable buses to turn onto Archway Road southbound

Friday 9 December to Saturday 10 December 2016

To prepare for the reverse of the one-way operation of Vorley Road and MacDonald Road, both roads will be closed to through-traffic overnight:

  • Friday 9 December from 21:00-05:00 on Saturday 10 December 2016

Saturday 10 December 2016

  • The existing one-way direction of traffic on Vorley Road and MacDonald Road will be reversed from 05:00

Two-way traffic at Archway from 18 December 2016

  • Saturday 17 December from 21:00-05:00 on Sunday 18 December 2016

To prepare for the switch to two-way traffic, lane closures will apply around the gyratory.

Permanent changes from 05:00 on Sunday 18 December 2016

The southwest arm of the gyratory outside the Tube station will be closed to traffic. This area will be pedestrianised as part of the new public space that will open next year.

There will be no right turn from St John's Way to Archway Road and no right turn from Junction Road to Holloway Road. This will apply to all traffic.

Vehicle will be able to enter and exit Flowers Mews  via Archway Road. Bus stops will be relocated around the new road layout.


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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