An illustration of how the new Highbury Corner will look
AT least a year’s worth of work to replace the one-way system at the Highbury Corner junction is due to begin this week, Transport for London and Islington Council have confirmed.
A new two-way traffic system aims to make the layout safer by creating a segregated lane for cyclists and a new public space for people on foot by closing the western side of the roundabout.
Workers will be on site on Thursday with TfL forecasting that it will not be finished until “late 2019”.
Underground gas works will take place at the same time to reduce the need for further road closures.
The 277 bus will no longer terminate at Highbury Corner and the service will not run between the roundabout and Dalston Junction from Saturday.
Deputy Mayor for Transport Heidi Alexander said: “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.”
Last year, TfL named Highbury Corner as one of the capital’s worst junctions on its Safer Junctions list.
Using casualty figures, 73 London junctions with the worst safety records were identified and are being improved to make them safer for road users.