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TfL pay for residents to spend Christmas in hotel due to ‘noisy’ Highbury Corner work

Work to replace bridge is 'essential' say transport chiefs

04 January, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

The demolition of Highbury Corner Bridge

RESIDENTS living near Highbury Corner were re-homed in hotels over Christmas while a “noisy” phase of works began to demolish the bridge.

Transport for London (TfL) has closed Holloway Road between Digswell Street and Highbury Corner roundabout for three weeks and it is due to reopen early on Monday morning. During the demolition work of the main section of the 168-year-old bridge, the transport authority offered 31 nearby households the option to stay in alternative accommodation on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Eight accepted, which cost TfL £466 per household, totalling more than £3,700.

Chris Nordeng, who lives on Highbury Corner, said the noise from drilling and cutting had kept him “awake at night”. The 35-year-old told the Tribune how over Christmas, he and his partner were put up in a hotel overnight, but returned to their home during the day. He said he “cannot wait” for the replacement work to be finished – which TfL said will be summer 2018.

Nick Fairholme, director of projects and programmes at TfL, said: “The work to replace Highbury Corner Bridge with a new, stronger bridge is essential but we understand that it does impact local residents and road users. We tried to minimise the impact on road and rail users by taking advantage of the Christmas period when traffic is lighter.” He added that this was the noisiest part of the programme, so “to ensure that those households closest to the work were not too badly affected and as a goodwill gesture we offered alternative accommodation for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day”.

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