Campaigners scrutinise mock-up of Archway Bridge anti-suicide measures

TFL demonstrates new anti suicide measures for Archway Bridge. Picture: Nigel Sutton

TFL demonstrates new anti suicide measures for Archway Bridge. Picture: Nigel Sutton - Credit: Nigel Sutton

A mock-up of anti-suicide measures due to be installed at a historic bridge was scrutinised by heritage campaigners last week.

TFL demonstrates new anti suicide measures for Archway Bridge. Picture: Nigel Sutton

TFL demonstrates new anti suicide measures for Archway Bridge. Picture: Nigel Sutton - Credit: Nigel Sutton

A sample of the 3.1m-high steel fence set to be erected at Archway Bridge in Highgate was put on public display on Friday morning.

Anti-suicide measures were approved for the bridge by Haringey and Islington councils in October last year, but a request for the fence to undergo testing caused delays to installation. Transport for London (TfL), who put forward the plans, now expect for the fence to be erected in the summer.

Highgate Liberal Democrat councillor Bob Hare, who has been fighting for sensitively-designed measures for the bridge for more than a decade, said he still has reservations about the approved fence. “I don’t want the bridge to become a monument to suicide prevention,” he said.