Highbury Corner: we plan seamless construction work
23 February, 2018
• KATE Pothalingam raises concerns that there has been no formal announcement on our plans to remove traffic from the western arm of Highbury Corner roundabout (Why are we being kept in dark about plans for Highbury Corner? February 16). I am happy to provide an update on these plans.
This project will make the area safer and more attractive for pedestrians and cyclists. It will also create a new public space incorporating the arboretum – currently cut off from the rest of the area by traffic.
Islington Council and Transport for London have been working together to finalise the detailed design of the scheme. Whenever feasible, issues that have been raised during the public consultation are being addressed through design changes.
Construction works have been ongoing for some time at Highbury Corner to replace the Victorian railway bridges across the Overground railway lines that after 100 years were in urgent need of replacement. I would like to thank residents and businesses for their understanding and patience during these works.
It is my intention that, once the detailed design for the roundabout changes has been completed, the construction works will be a seamless continuation of the current bridge works, to keep the disruption and duration of the works to a minimum.
I would like to reassure readers that both the council and TfL are working together to make a joint announcement with the Mayor of London as soon as possible.
CLLR CLAUDIA WEBBE
Labour executive member for environment and transport, Islington Council