Construction work to transform Highbury Corner junction is set to commence.
Through the construction project, the existing roundabout at the scheme – which is over 50 years old – will be removed and replaced with two-way roads, along with segregated cycle lanes on the three remaining sides of the roundabout.
The scheme, announced by the Mayor of London, Islington Council and Transport for London (TfL), will result in the transformation of what is known as a junction with one of the poorest safety records in the capital city, improving the road for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
As part of the Highbury Corner transformation, two-way traffic lanes will be introduced; the western arm of the roundabout will be closed in order to create public space such as the Highbury & Islington station forecourt and part of the green space at the centre of the roundabout.
The construction project will also facilitate the creation of a continuous footway across the junction entrance. By closing the southern section of Corsica Street to motor traffic, pedestrians will be given priority.
Heidi Alexander, Deputy Mayor for Transport, said: “I’m delighted that work is getting underway on these plans that will improve safety and improve the environment for everyone who uses Highbury Corner. With more segregated cycle lanes across the junction, improved pedestrian crossings, and a new public space, the transformed junction will encourage even more people to walk and cycle as part of their everyday routine.
“The changes are a great example of a council working closely with TfL to improve quality of life for everyone.”
Encouraging more people to walk and cycle also fits in with the Mayor’s strategy to make the city more environmentally friendly and consequently reduce air pollution.
TfL say that work will continue on the project until the end of next year, resulting in safety improvements.