Coronavirus: TfL narrows Nag’s Head roads to give pedestrians more space to social distance

TfL's changes to Nag's Head roads. Picture: Cllr Caroline Russell

TfL's changes to Nag's Head roads. Picture: Cllr Caroline Russell - Credit: Archant

TfL narrowed roads in the Nag’s Head area of Holloway over the weekend to give pedestrians more space to social distance on walkways.

The changes were implemented in an ‘L’ shape, along Seven Sisters Road between Holloway Road and Hornsey Road, and along Holloway Road between Tollington Road and Seven Sisters Road.

The measures have extended pedestrian space into parking bays, with the installation of barriers.

This will help people keep a safe distance as they walk or make essential trips to shops such as supermarkets or the Post Office.

There is no change to disabled parking access for Blue Badge holders, and TfL has maintained loading bays for local business.

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This comes after the council last week widened pedestrian space in Liverpool Road at the junction with Richmond Avenue, and in Essex Road outside Tesco Express.

Islington’s transport and environment lead Cllr Rowena Champion said: “We’re committed to getting more people walking and cycling, encouraging sustainable forms of transport for short journeys, including trips to buy food and other essentials.

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“We welcome the work TfL are doing on their road network to make more space for safely walking and cycling, which follow the introduction of our own schemes earlier this week in other parts of the borough.

“We are looking forward to continuing to work with TfL on more schemes in Islington soon, to ensure residents can travel safely and healthily around the borough.

“Together we can all help limit the spread of this virus and pave the way for a healthier, more sustainable transport environment that also achieves our vision for a net carbon zero borough by 2030.”

Islington’s sole Green opposition councillor Caroline Russell said: “I went along on Saturday to see the Nag’s Head measures and was a bit worried that they were too flimsy. Cars ignoring the tape and parking in the new pedestrian space but overnight more robust barriers were put in place and it was working well by Sunday. Well done TfL. Islington Council now need to do this on their main roads so that shopping parades like Highbury Barn can benefit from more space to remain safe and social distance.”

The council says it’s planning more measures to improve safety and make essential travel around the borough easier as the lockdown measures are gradually relaxed.

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