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TfL ploughs ahead with plan to rip up Archway gyratory

PUBLISHED: 11:09 03 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:09 03 February 2016

An artist impression of the new plans for Archway

An artist impression of the new plans for Archway

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Work is under way on the controversial removal of the one-way system in Archway despite more than a thousand signatures opposing the plans.

Site scene of Archway Junction ahead of plans to introduce more cycle lanesSite scene of Archway Junction ahead of plans to introduce more cycle lanes

TfL says the scheme – which includes making the one-way road two-way and turning the area into a more pedestrian and cycle friendly zone – will make the area safer and more attractive.

But a group of campaigners have objected to parts of the scheme, in particular the relocation of bus stands to Archway Road – where 50 buses an hour would make U-turns – and the banning of the right-turn from St John’s Way to Highgate Hill and Archway Road.

They fear the changes would worsen pollution, especially around the children’s centre in Vorley Road and the Whitehall Park conservation area; make congestion worse around the Archway area; and displace traffic into residential streets.

Campaigner Kiat Phua said: “I’m surprised TfL considers the 2014 consultation closed when there are so many unresolved issues.

“We’ve been in dialogue with TfL and Islington Council for more than a year now because we know the scheme can be better.”

Neighbour Jenny Thompson added: “What TfL disingenuously calls consultation has barely been lip-service: every suggestion has been dismissed out of hand or later misrepresented.”

More than 1,000 residents have now signed petitions calling on TfL to rethink the plan.

But Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport, insisted the changes would be good.

“These works represent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to transform Archway town centre,” she said, “creating a welcoming gateway into Islington from the north.

“The scheme will regenerate the area, bringing new employment and housing opportunities while transforming the environment with an attractive new public space and connecting all key modes of transport.”

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