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Homes planned in station revamp bid

04 August, 2017

Cllr Claudia Webbe

TOWN Hall transport chief Claudia Webbe has cautiously welcomed plans to revamp the original Victorian Highbury station, which has been lying derelict for decades.

A drawing showing the proposals, believed to be in their very early stages, for a new ticket hall and homes at the site in Holloway Road, opposite Highbury and Islington station, appeared in papers of Transport for London’s (TfL) programmes and investment committee.

Councillor Webbe said Islington Council had not been made aware of the plans, but added capacity at Highbury and Islington, which faces overcrowding on match days and during rush hour, would be welcome.

“On face value, increasing station capacity, additional ticket halls, creating step-free access that the station so vitally needs, improving access to public transport, all those things look important to me,” she said.

“And it could be a catalyst to improving the facade of the current station, and refurbishing it to its former glory. From that point of view it’s certainly worth it.”

The Tribune has not been able to establish whether TfL or developer Murphy Group is driving the plans.

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