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Archway Bridge could be getting ‘anti-suicide’ fence at last

PUBLISHED: 15:27 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 08:11 04 May 2017

Archway Road bridge still has no additional suicide barrier along it.

Archway Road bridge still has no additional suicide barrier along it.

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“Anti-suicide” barriers could at last be installed on the notorious Archway Bridge after a 12-year campaign.

Transport for London (TfL) had plans for a 3.1-metre steel fence signed off by both Haringey and Islington Council in October 2015, but it’s still not been built.

A fence was trialled in February last year, with the intention of making it permanent in the summer, but problems with its design meant it didn’t go ahead.

But Islington Council has told the Gazette TfL will soon be back with detailed plans to be approved by both Haringey and themselves.

The council has, in the meantime, installed CCTV, which it said had helped staff make a number of interventions.

The bridge, also known as the Hornsey Lane Bridge, lies on the border of both boroughs so any decision has to be signed off twice.

The Hornsey Lane Bridge Anti-Suicide Campaign has campaigned for the safety measures since 2005, but some conservation groups have objected because a fence could damage the appearance of the Grade II-listed structure.

An Islington Council spokesman said: “TfL will shortly submit an application to Islington and Haringey for the approval of the detailed plans for the ‘anti-suicide’ barriers. Once approved,

Haringey can start installing these barriers.

“In the meantime, Islington Council has installed CCTV – funded by TfL and linked to Islington and Haringey CCTV control rooms – which has already enabled a number of interventions.”

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