The works

The work we've finished includes:

  • Pedestrianising the western arm of the roundabout
  • Replacing the one-way system with two-way traffic with clear signals, road markings and signs to assist road users
  • Moving the pedestrian crossing at the junction with St Paul's Road, providing a more direct route for pedestrians
  • Widening the pedestrian crossing at the junctions with Holloway Road, Canonbury Road and Upper Street. The pedestrian crossings at the Canonbury Road and Upper Street junctions have been changed from two-stage crossings to straight-across crossings
  • A new signalised pedestrian crossing at the junction with Canonbury Road
  • Segregated cycle lanes in both directions on all three remaining sides of the road layout - some work is still going on
  • Three new signalised cycle crossings at the junctions with Highbury Place, St Paul's Road and Canonbury Road, allowing cyclists, pedestrians and motorists to be separated
  • Advanced Stop Lines (allowing cyclists to wait in front of motorists at traffic signals) on St Paul's Road and Highbury Place, with an early release signal for cyclists on St Paul's Road
  • A new northbound segregated cycle lane at Canonbury Road on the approach to the junction, and south and westbound mandatory cycle lanes at Holloway Road and St Paul's on the approach to the junction

Until December 2019

Now that the main works are finished we will:

  • Plant trees
  • Install Legible London signs
  • Install security bollards around the Highbury and Islington station forecourt

A new public space

A new public space and larger station square has been created by closing the western arm of the roundabout and giving access to the existing arboretum. Part of the arboretum has been opened to create a new green space although another part will stay closed to the public.

The new public space features:

  • A new seating wall
  • Granite cobbles in the footway to define the space
  • A new circular timber bench
  • A raised stone edge around the arboretum
  • Railings around the closed arboretum area
  • Security bollards to separate pedestrians and vehicles
  • Continuous footways linking the station forecourt area with the western arm
  • New trees planted with Sustainable Urban Drainage system (SUDS).
  • Legible London signs
  • Water filling station
  • New litter bins and lighting

Timelapse of works

We have been filming the works site since the Highbury Corner roundabout project started in summer 2018.

Highbury Corner is now operating with two-way traffic, with segregated cycle lanes. Motorists and cyclists can no longer:

  • Turn right from Upper Street into Canonbury Road
  • Turn left from Canonbury Road into Upper Street

The closure of the western side of the roundabout means that some local roads are also permanently closed to traffic:

  • Highbury Station Road
  • Hampton Court
  • Southern end of Corsica Street

Drive carefully while pedestrians, cyclists and other traffic get used to the new two-way system. If you are walking, please use the pedestrian crossings and remember to look both ways.

Changes to traffic

We introduced two-way traffic at Highbury Corner in April 2019.

To make the new road layout work, motorists and cyclists will no longer be able to:

  • Turn right from Upper Street into Canonbury Road
  • Turn left from Canonbury Road into Upper Street

Cycle routes

New segregated cycle lanes are in place around the Highbury Corner junction.

Local road closures

The closure of the western side of the roundabout means that some roads will permanently close to traffic:

  • Highbury Station Road
  • Hampton Court

The southern end of Corsica Street is also closed to motorists to help cyclists move through the junction and to remove any potential conflict between cyclists and other traffic turning into Corsica Street. This will also make it safer for pedestrians to cross at the junction.

Parking changes/taxi ranks

Loading and disabled parking changes, and taxi rank provision

  • A new 12-metre loading bay at the edge of the new station square, opposite Highbury & Islington station, will accommodate the new two-car taxi rank operating daily 22:00-06:00. Highbury & Islington station is served by the Night Tube and the new taxi rank will support this
  • The loading bay and disabled parking bay on the northern side of the roundabout (in front of the Marie Curie building) has been moved to the new road edge. This will allow space for the proposed segregated cycle track. The bay will be shortened by six metres
  • The loading bay at the top of Upper Street has been shortened by nine metres to accommodate the new road layout

Changes to trees

To make room for the new road layout we have removed 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 place. The memorial tree and mature tree on the corner of Compton Terrace will not be disturbed.

We are planting 22 more trees within the boundary of the arboretum and in the new pedestrianised area.


We held a joint consultation with Islington Council in early 2016 on proposed improvements to Highbury Corner and on changes to bus services.

Some of our proposals have since changed:

  • The arboretum will be partially open to public access in a way that protects existing trees. The new public space will incorporate the western arm of the roundabout and Highbury & Islington station forecourt, giving residents more green space while protecting the most vulnerable trees
  • The new pedestrian crossing, allowing for access to the southeast corner of the arboretum at the junction of Upper Street with Canonbury Road, will no longer be needed. The proposal to partially open the arboretum on the western side means that the eastern half of the arboretum, including the option to open up a path from the southeastern corner, will no longer be needed
  • The entrance to Corsica Street has been made a 'blended footway' providing a continuous footway over the junction to give pedestrians priority
  • A shared pedestrian/cycle 'toucan' crossing will be included across St Paul's Road to allow two-way cycling to and from Corsica Street
  • The cycle lane on Canonbury Road will be extended to Canonbury School

For more information visit our Highbury Corner consultation page.

Highbury Corner Bridge replacement

We finished replacing the Highbury Corner Bridge in 2018.

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.