Highbury Corner crossing ‘a danger to pupils’
Call for action after ‘glaring error puts traffic and pedestrians in conflict’
24 May, 2019 — By Emily Finch
Parents Dan Gordon, left, and Greg Clough with Sandy McDonald, Lydia Clough and Victoria Gordon at the crossing
PARENTS are campaigning for changes to an arm of newly-redeveloped Highbury Corner amid fears that a child could be seriously injured crossing the road.
Parents of children at Canonbury Primary School have called the siting of traffic lights at the St Paul’s Road arm of the junction a “dangerous mistake” by Transport for London (TfL). It means there is a short stretch where drivers are unable to see when a green man signal is showing at a new crossing.
“How can they have built a pedestrian crossing with no light signal for drivers, with the nearest one 20 yards back?
“If they put a yellow box on the road drivers will know not to stop in a part of the road where they can’t see the lights,” said Greg Clough, whose children attend nearby Canonbury Primary.
“A small child will start crossing the road when they see a green man, but a driver might not be able to see them and go forward,” he added.
Highbury Corner was reopened last month following years of consultation and construction to allow two-way traffic on the former roundabout for the first time in more than 50 years.
Mr Clough said: “What bugs me is that once the corner was opened TfL sent people for a couple of days to observe how it was working. I gave them my comments and they disappeared.
“How is it that after so much detailed planning, such a glaring error that puts traffic and pedestrians in direct conflict was not predicted? Why isn’t this urgently addressed?”
Dan Gordon, a parent whose child also attends Canonbury Primary, said he was “worried” about his children using the crossing on the way home from school.
A 10-year-old pupil was injured in a collision with a van on the road outside the gates of Canonbury Primary last week. The pupil was taken to hospital but his injuries were not life threatening.
It is not known if the collision was related to the road redesign, but the van driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.
He was released under investigation pending further inquiries.
When asked about concerns raised by parents, a TfL spokeswoman said: “We welcome people’s feedback and this will help us determine the final traffic signals and timings around Highbury Corner.
“We are consistently reviewing the road network to ensure it runs as efficiently and safely as possible.”
TfL advises residents to raise concerns through its website at tfl.gov.uk/help-and-contact/contact-us-about-streets-and-other-road-issues