11 Oct 2016

Statement: Holloway Road closures at Upper Holloway station

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Following the announcement that Transport for London will be closing part or all of the A1 Holloway Road for almost three months at Upper Holloway station, to replace the road bridge over the station, please find below a statement from Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport.

Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council’s executive member for environment and transport, said: “I am dismayed at this short-notice, unplanned closure of one of Islington’s critically-important major roads.

“The news means this section of Holloway Road will, in effect, be closed in at least one direction for nearly three months, including over the October half term holiday, Christmas and New Year.

“It seems TfL underestimated the work that was needed, and as a result they claim there is no other choice but this last-minute arrangement, which will affect the lives of countless residents and businesses in Islington and far beyond.

“Bus journeys will take much longer, and alternative routes through the borough will bear the brunt of this closure, spreading disruption far and wide, including during the school half-term break and Christmas. Local residents and businesses will suffer the consequences of this misjudgement, which is unfair.

“I have asked the council to consider our options, including legal, whilst also working and challenging TfL to minimise the extent and scale of the disruption and maximise communication with residents and drivers about alternative routes.”

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