Highbury Corner Bridge

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. 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 plan to improve London's roads and public spaces.

Current works

We are moving the gas, water, electricity and telecommunication pipes from below the road surface into a new section of the bridge under the station forecourt.

To minimise disruption caused by closures on the A1 Holloway Road at Upper Holloway, we plan to continue the utility diversion works from mid-January 2017.

Between 17 January and late-March 2017, there will be temporary lane restrictions between the junction with Digswell Street and Highbury Corner gyratory. There will be one lane open in each direction at all times.

We plan to demolish and replace a second section of bridge above the London Overground line between Easter weekend (mid-April) and the end of May 2017.

We will provide updates to local residents and businesses.

Map of Highbury Corner Bridge

How your travel might be affected

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

Bus passengers

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.

Until early February 2017, bus route 263 will not serve stops between Holloway, Nags Head and Highbury & Islington Station. It will run between Holloway, Nags Head and Barnet Hospital.

For the latest information on how buses are running, see our bus status updates or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.


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. 

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


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

Road closures: Highbury Station Road and Highbury Crescent

Highbury Crescent (between Highbury Terrace and Highbury Place) will be closed until 2018. This area is being used for equipment storage and worksite' 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 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

Works are planned to run 08:00-18:00 on Mondays-Fridays, and 08:00-13:00 on Saturdays. Working times have been agreed with the London Borough of Islington.

We will monitor noise levels and make every effort to minimise disruption, where we can. 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 more on the Highbury Corner consultation page.

Demolition and replacement video

The first section of bridge over the London Overground line 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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