Highbury Corner up for review as campaign aims to protect cyclists

A hazardous junction in Highbury is being reviewed as part of a major Transport for London (TfL) cycle safety campaign, the Mayor of London has announced.

Busy gyratory Highbury Corner, which serves as a junction for four of Islington’s main roads, has been prioritised for review by the summer.

It will be one of the first junctions to be assessed as part of a study of over 650 locations on the TfL Road Network and the Cycle Superhighway scheme. TfL plans to work with local groups and councils to carry out the study.

The news comes a week after a pedestrian was trapped under a lorry at the junction on January 31.

The 47-year-old woman was in collision with a white tipper truck at around 3.15pm, suffering a broken leg and grazes.

Paul Convery, Islington Council’s executive member for planning, regeneration and transport, said: “We have a number of junctions in the borough that are very dangerous. We’re working on a scheme at Highbury Corner to remove the gyratory so that a cycle superhighway can go through.

“I have to say I’m disappointed the Archway and Old Street junctions aren’t already under review.

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“The council as a whole has an ambition to remove all of the gyratories and tricky junctions in the borough.”

Brian Larkin, manager at Micycle, a bike shop on Barnsbury Street, Islington, said: “I avoid the corner if I can, but it’s often a time thing.

“It’s not the nicest place to cycle around. I imagine there are lots of people who might even get off and walk their bikes round until they are off the junction.”

A separate review of roads outside King’s Cross station was announced in December after cyclist Min Joo Lee, a 24-year-old fashion student at Central St Martin’s College, died in an accident there.

She was the third cyclist to die at the junction, which joins Euston Road, Pentonville Road and York Way, in five years.

Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, said: “We are seeing a step-change in both the way people choose to travel, but also in the way cyclists are viewed on our streets.

“That is why I firmly believe we must now start to evolve the means by which we manage our network of roads, and why I have asked TfL to review hundreds of key junctions across the capital to specifically examine safety and provision for cyclists.”

London’s roads claimed the lives of 16 cyclists in 2011.