Transport chiefs back Highbury and Islington station restoration plan - if someone else pays

Highbury Station's 1872 facade

Highbury Station's 1872 facade - Credit: Archant

Transport chiefs have agreed to consider redeveloping the facade of Highbury and Islington station – but only if someone else pays for it.

As reported in the Gazette in January, an ambitious campaign to restore the station to its former Victorian glory was launched earlier this year by Highbury New Park resident Neil Bowdler.

A TfL spokesperson said: “Unfortunately securing the funding and powers required for carrying out such an upgrade are currently cost-prohibitive.

“London Underground would be happy to consider any viable options and opportunities for funding that might be proposed either via London Borough of Islington or a third party developer.”

The transport hub was damaged by a V1 rocket in the Second World War and was eventually pulled down in the 1960s to make way for the then new Victoria line.

The Rebuild Highbury campaign has also won the backing of council leader Richard Watts who tweeted his allegiance at a memorial service for the 70th anniversary of the Highbury Corner bomb.