‘Safety of children is at risk’: Islington transport boss set to face testing Archway gyratory questions tonight

Cllr Claudia Webbe will face traffic safety questions at the Islington Town Hall meeting tonight

Cllr Claudia Webbe will face traffic safety questions at the Islington Town Hall meeting tonight - Credit: Archant

The safety of children in an Archway nursery is set to be called into question at a council meeting tonight.

Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington’s transport leader, will face public questions about a high-speed crash outside the Vorley Road nursery at the end of last month, as well as concerns about pollution.

Both are linked to the controversial removal of Archway’s one-way gyratory system. More than 1,000 signatures opposed the plans – with many based on concerns for the centre.

Resident Kiat Phua will tell the chamber: “Many parents are alarmed by the accident outside Archway Children’s Centre on January 28. A speeding car spun 360 degrees and hit barriers outside the nursery entrance as it headed out to Junction Road.

“I understand the one-way traffic system on Vorley Road will be reversed. Could the council make Vorley Road safer by banning left turns from Junction Road as part of the traffic reversal – and look into separating Vorley Road from MacDonald Road as part of the longer-term plan for more affordable housing in the area?”

Claudine Fry will also ask Cllr Webbe: “What are you doing to ensure the 600-plus families who regularly use Archway Children’s Centre are not exposed to high levels of pollution and danger as a result of the gyratory changes, which will re-route heavy traffic along the narrow street the centre is located on?”


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