We are transforming transport in the borough
27 September, 2019
Cllr Claudia Webbe
• IN April this year, 60 years on from its creation, Highbury Corner gyratory was no more.
Now, six months and a lot of hard work later, next week I will be proud to stand alongside the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to officially open the new public space that has been created where previously there were three lanes of motor traffic.
What may seem to some as just a change to a road layout, in fact represents so much more.
The transformation of the polluting, dangerous and traffic-dominated Highbury Corner gyratory into an interchange that puts walking and cycling first, alongside a massive new public space, is part of something much bigger.
Under Islington Labour’s leadership, we are transforming transport in the borough.
First, Archway Gyratory was overhauled to create the new Navigator Square, cutting poor air quality by a third, creating new safer cycling routes and revitalising the area with a new public space. Then came the start of the transformation of Highbury Corner.
While it has not been without its challenges – for one, the bridge that carries the A1 over the railway lines had to be replaced after 150 years – we are now within touching distance of works completing and the full benefits for pedestrians, cyclists and station users being realised.
But we are not content to sit back and think the job is done. Far from it.
Work at Old Street to remove one of the most dangerous gyratories in London is well under way and we are still encouraging Transport for London to look at long-term solutions at King’s Cross and Nag’s Head.
Fundamentally, we want to see a significant shift in how transport in our borough operates, with roads rebalanced in favour of people, as the council’s draft transport strategy sets out.
Next week, I will be proud to cut the ribbon to officially open the newest reclaimed public space in Islington. It will signify what bold vision combined with a determination to deliver can do.
More importantly, it will be the latest step in a sustainable transport revolution in Islington that is only just beginning.
CLLR CLAUDIA WEBBE
Executive Member for Environment & Transport