Century-old Highbury bridge set to be replaced - work scheduled to last until 2017

PUBLISHED: 15:41 08 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:21 09 December 2014

Work at Highbury Corner is scheduled until 2017

Work at Highbury Corner is scheduled until 2017

Anna Bruce

Work to replace a century-old road bridge at Highbury Corner will begin next year and is set to cause traffic disruption until 2017.

An estimated 25,000 vehicles a day pass across the stretch of Holloway Road, Highbury, and bosses at Transport for London (TfL), say it is time for a new bridge.

The job will see the old Highbury Corner Post Office, which closed in controversial circumstances in the summer, demolished.

Tfl will also try to move forward with a scheme to get rid of the gyratory, revealed by the Gazette back in February.

During the work, expected to last until 2017, Highbury Station Road east of Swan Yard and Highbury Crescent, between Highbury Terrace and Highbury Place, will both be closed.

Bus stops and a zebra corssing on Holloway Raod will be moved approximately 50 meteres for the duration.

Nick Fairholme, from TfL, said: “Highbury Corner is a key junction in London and it is therefore important that we ensure that it can continue to remain usable and safe for years to come.

“We are committed to completing these bridge works as quickly and efficiently as possible and will keep the local community and road users informed of progress as we work to deliver these vital improvements.”

The work is designed to reduce the need for maintenance and any new weight restrictions.

Cycle stands currently on the station forecourt will be relocated to nearby Highbury Station Road.

Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “These bridges are over 100 years old, so are in need of replacement.”

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