Highbury Corner Bridge

The Highbury Corner Bridge was built around 1850 and carries the Holloway Road (A1) over London Overground lines. The bridge sits under the Highbury & Islington station building and forecourt. It's in poor condition and needs to be replaced.

Three phases of the work

  • Phase 1: reconstruction of the bridge beneath the station forecourt
  • Phase 2: relocation of gas, water, electricity and telecommunication pipes and cables
  • Phase 3: complete bridge reconstruction

The bridge replacement works are part of our Road Modernisation Plan.

Current works

We are relocating the gas, water, electricity and telecommunication pipes and cables.

BT will be working outside Marie Curie until late-November 2016. The loading bay outside Marie Curie and lane one of the northern arm of the gyratory are suspended while the BT works are completed.

Pedestrian access is being maintained at all times.

We are planning to demolish and replace the section of bridge over the London Overground North London line over the Easter 2017 period. (Easter Sunday is 16 April 2017.)

Map of Highbury Corner Bridge

How your travel might be affected

Highbury & Islington station will remain open as normal and pedestrian access to the station will be provided at all times. 

The pedestrian crossing outside Highbury & Islington station is closed. A temporary crossing is in place 50 metres north along Holloway Road.

Two bus stops (stop A northbound and stop B southbound) have been moved further north on Holloway Road. This should not affect bus journey times.

Road closures: Highbury Station Road and Highbury Crescent

Highbury Crescent (between Highbury Terrace and Highbury Place) will be closed until 2017. This area is being used for equipment storage and workers' cabins.

Hampton Court has also been closed for the duration of the works. We have installed temporary road blocks in Hampton Court, at the junction with Swan Yard, to enforce the closure.

Travel advice for cyclists

Bike racks previously located in the station forecourt are in Highbury Station Road.

Cyclists are able to use the right turn from Holloway Road into Highbury Place.

The cycle lane on the western side of the Highbury Corner gyratory has now been reinstated.

An alternative cycle route is signed via Liverpool Road. This route avoids the works at Highbury Corner.

Travel information

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.

Minimising noise and disruption

We will investigate any complaints about noise quickly. We're using a range of measures to reduce noise, vibration and disruption:

  • Noise-reducing acoustic barriers
  • Compressors and generators fitted with acoustic covers to reduce noise
  • Vehicles, plant and equipment fitted with exhaust silencers

Our partners

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, Ramboll and Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Highbury Corner consultation

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 out more on the Highbury Corner consultation page.

Demolition and replacement video

The section of bridge over the East London line bridge has been demolished and replaced.

Contact us

Phone detailsPhone: 0343 222 1234 (24 hours)

(TfL call charges)

Call us if you have questions or comments about the scheme


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