The Highbury Corner 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 is in a poor state of repair so it is essential that we replace it. Doing so now will prevent the need for disruptive emergency closures in the future.
This new bridge has an expected lifespan of 120 years.
The bridge replacement works are part of our plan to improve London's roads and public spaces.
Essential work to demolish and rebuild the final section of Highbury Corner Bridge, below Holloway Road and above the London Overground lines, was completed successfully over the Christmas and New Year period 2017/2018.
The works progressed well and we were able to rebuild all the sections of bridge below Holloway Road. We were also able to start the final stage of works, such as resurfacing the road and finishing the kerbs and footways, earlier than planned.
We now expect to complete the final works to the new bridge in spring 2018, ahead of the planned completion date of summer 2018.
Temporary changes to travel will remain in place while these works are completed.
Temporary changes at other times during the works are below:
Two bus stops (stop A northbound and stop B southbound) have been moved further north on Holloway Road.
These bus stops will return to their original location nearer to Highbury Corner roundabout when the final works are finished.
An alternative cycle route is signed via Liverpool Road. Cyclists should use this route whenever possible to avoid the works at Highbury Corner.
Cyclist access between Holloway Road and Highbury Place has now been reopened to cyclists.
Highbury & Islington station is open as usual although walking routes to and from the station may change temporarily at times.
To help plan your journey, see the busiest times on the Highbury and Islington station page.
Temporary changes apply to walking routes around Highbury & Islington station. Follow the signed pedestrian routes at all times and allow more time for journeys around the area.
Shops and businesses in the area are open as usual.
Some lane and road closures will be needed throughout the works.
Highbury Crescent (between Highbury Terrace and Highbury Place) will be closed until later in 2018. This area is being used to store equipment and for worksite cabins.
Hampton Court will also be closed during the works. We have installed temporary road blocks in Hampton Court at the junction with Swan Yard.
Highbury Station Road will be closed - bike racks will be moved there from the station forecourt.
Highbury Place to Holloway Road has now been reopened to vehicles and cycles.
Changes to walking routes will stay in place on match days. The area outside Highbury & Islington station will be very busy for pedestrians. Please use alternative routes if you can or avoid travelling directly before and after matches.
If you are travelling between Upper Street and Holloway Road after matches, you may need to walk around Highbury Corner roundabout. Stewards will be available to help.
Check live traffic news before you leave to keep up-to-date and avoid disruption to your journey.
Get the latest travel information by following @TFLTrafficNews on Twitter.
We are on site 08:00-20:00, Mondays-Saturdays and some Sundays while work to move the utility services continues. Extended working hours will be needed during some phases of the works.
Working times have been agreed with the London Borough of Islington.
We will do everything we can to reduce the impact of the demolition works, including:
We are working closely with Network Rail, London Underground, London Overground and the London Borough of Islington to minimise disruption and ensure the works proceed as safely, efficiently and quickly as possible.
The project is being delivered in partnership with our contractors, Hochtief (UK) Construction, Skanska UK, and Ramboll and Parsons Brinckerhoff.
Along with Islington Council, we consulted in February/March 2016 on proposals to improve cycling and pedestrian and facilities at Highbury Corner roundabout. Changes could include closing the western side of the roundabout to create two linked public spaces and building a new square in front of the station.
The proposed improvements would not start until 2018, after the bridge has been replaced, to minimise the impact to road users. Find out more on the Highbury Corner consultation page.
The first section of bridge over the London Overground line was demolished and replaced in summer 2016. A video showing the bridge demolition and replacement works over Christmas and New Year 2017/2018 will be available shortly.