Blind woman knocked to the floor in rush-hour crush causes Highbury corner safety U-turn

Cllr Russell: 'Pinch point is dangerous'

Cllr Russell: 'Pinch point is dangerous' - Credit: Archant

Using old station as pedestrian thoroughfare among options being considered

Transport chiefs are increasing safety at a busy junction after a partially-sighted woman was knocked over in a rush-hour crush.

Major works to the railway bridge under Highbury Corner had created a “dangerous” pinch point at a new crossing.

Cllr Caroline Russell, who represented Highbury East ward, which covers the corner, demanded a meeting with Transport for London (TfL) bosses after the partially-sighted woman and her dog were pushed to the ground on Monday.

She said: “I was aware there was a dangerous pinch point at the new crossing in Holloway Road and this incident shows that there is just not enough space for people to cross the road safely.

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“But I’ve had a really useful meeting with Transport for London who have now promised to make a number of changes.”

TfL have agreed to remove somebarriers to make more space at the crossing, stop lorries driving the streets during school pick-up and drop-off times, and to investigate opening up the old Tube station to provide a pedestrian cut through from Holloway Road to Highbury Fields.

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Cllr Russell added: “I’m glad that TfL have started listening to residents’ concerns about safety.”

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