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Road closures signal Highbury Corner’s two-way travel switch

05 April, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

An artist’s drawing of a section of the new layout at Highbury Corner

UPPER Street is set to close this weekend as part of the redevelopment of Highbury Corner.

The section of road going north from Laycock Street to Highbury Corner will be totally shut, while drivers will only be able to go one-way south from Holloway Road to access Canonbury Road.

This will be in place from 8pm today (Friday) until 5am on Monday.

Canonbury Road will be closed to all traffic between 8pm and 5am on Monday and Tuesday. Over the same time period on Wednesday and Thursday, all traffic will be closed in St Paul’s Road.

Highbury Corner will then switch to two-way travel over the Easter holiday weekend.

This is all part of the multi-million pound redevelopment project led by Transport for London (TfL) and Islington Council that has seen the 1960s roundabout torn up, to be replaced by two-way roads.

Segregated cycle lanes are set to be installed on all three remaining sides of the junction with a public walking area in the middle.

Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “Cars, lorries and vans have dominated Highbury Corner for decades, making it an intimidating space for cyclists and pedestrians to navigate.

“Our landmark scheme with the Mayor of London and TfL will finally rebalance the area in favour of walking and cycling.”

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