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Highbury Corner pedestrian crossing ‘will return’ pledge

Residents with mobility issues say current siting of crossing on Holloway Road is causing overcrowding

31 August, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Councillor Caroline Russell with TfL’s Michael Barratt and residents Tim Sayer and Jane Howell

A PEDESTRIAN crossing at Highbury Corner will be moved back outside the station by the end of September.

Residents with mobility issues said the current siting of the crossing on Holloway Road was causing overcrowding for pedestrians walking between barriers and buildings by the corner of Highbury Crescent.

Transport for London and contractor Ringway Jacobs led road safety campaigners and residents on a tour around Highbury Corner last week.

The aim was to look at how the temporary roadworks can be improved to help pedestrians, especially those in wheelchairs or with visual impairments.

The crossing will be moved closer to the station after eight weeks of repaving work is completed

Caroline Russell, Green councillor for Highbury East, said: “There used to be a crossing directly outside the station. We’ve been putting up with a pretty grim pedestrian environment.”

The crossing will be moved once eight weeks of repaving is completed outside the station.

Other issues raised on the tour included cracked pavements and making more space for pedestrians on the crossing island at the junction with Canonbury Road.

When finished, Highbury Corner will become a two-way road with a segregated cycle lane and public space, with the western arm of the existing roundabout closed.

Michael Barratt, who oversees development impact at TfL, said the walk-arounds were important. It is hoped that further walks will take place during the works, expected to last until the end of 2019. He will prepare a report for the contractor to consider improvements.

Mr Barratt said: “TfL is committed to looking after everybody. It’s about comfort for pedestrians and us working with the com­munity and contractors to achieve that.”

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