Safer Junctions - A1 Holloway Road (including Drayton Park junction)

Closed 8 Sep 2019

Opened 5 Jul 2019

Results updated 29 Nov 2019

We recently consulted on proposals to make the junctions of Holloway Road with Drayton Park, Palmer Place, Liverpool Road, Hornsey Road and Hornsey Street safer. The consultation was open between 5 July and 8 September 2019.  

We received 295 responses to the consultation; 291 from members of the public and four from stakeholders. 82% of people who walk and 52% of people who cycle in the area advised us that the proposals would make them feel safer or much safer when moving around the junction.  

Following the analysis of the comments made, we have decided to progress the project, with some minor amendments outlined below, to the next stage of design and consult on traffic orders for some elements of the proposals.  

We intend to make changes to the entry treatment at Ronalds Road to reduce the number of lanes joining Holloway Road from two to one to reduce the crossing width for pedestrians and discourage the use of the road as a means of travelling through the Highbury Fields area. We also intend to retain the loading bay in front of 100 Holloway Road (The Horatia pub) to reduce the number of vehicles using Fieldway Crescent and Ronalds Road, which forms part of the Cycleway, to access the loading bay we proposed here. We will also monitor traffic turning into Eden Grove and George’s Road to ascertain if there is a significant increase in vehicles following the scheme.  

Subject to obtaining the relevant approvals and co-ordinating with other works in the local area, we plan to start construction in Spring 2020.  

Our consultation report can be found below.

A1 Holloway Road (including Dryaton Park junction) consultation report (PDF 540KB)


We would like to know your views on our proposals for the junctions of Holloway Road with Drayton Park, Palmer Place, Liverpool Road and Hornsey Road and Hornsey Street, as part of TfL’s Safer Junctions programme.


Our Safer Junctions programme is reducing road danger at some of the most dangerous junctions in London. These are junctions with particularly poor collision rates for vulnerable road users, including people walking and cycling. This programme directly contributes to our Vision Zero target to stop people from dying or being seriously injured on London’s road network by 2041.

The objectives of the Safer Junction programme are to:

  • Reduce road danger and help eliminate Killed and Seriously Injured (KSI) collisions
  • Help create streets where people feel safe to walk, cycle and use public transport
  • Make hostile junctions more welcoming and less dominated by motor vehicles, demonstrating the Healthy Streets Approach

Why we are consulting

In the last three years, there were 61 collisions, with 71 casualties, 19 of which were people cycling and eight of which involved pedestrians. (Data available up until the end of November 2018).

The scheme aims to address identified and perceived safety concerns at these junctions, as well as at George’s Road and the turning into the petrol filling station south of Palmer Place. The scheme will introduce new, signalised pedestrian crossings at the Drayton Park/Palmer Place junction, replace the zebra crossing at the junction of Liverpool Road with a signalised crossing and simplify all the existing staggered crossings to straight across crossings at the Hornsey Road/Hornsey Street junction.

We consulted on a proposal that sought to deliver signalised pedestrian crossings at Drayton Park/Palmer Place and Liverpool Road in 2010. This was not taken ahead because of concerns raised during the consultation about the impact of the scheme on local roads arising from proposed banned turns. This consultation was also launched shortly after the recently opened Emirates stadium, the effects of which were felt to have an impact on the response to the consultation. When developing our new proposal we took this feedback into account and have now amended the scheme to address these concerns. The details can be found below.

Our proposals

We would like your views on the following proposals which aim to provide new signalised crossings and address identified safety concerns.

We propose to provide new, signalised pedestrian crossings at the Holloway Road/Palmer Place/Drayton Park junction and the Holloway Road/Liverpool Road junction. The existing signalised pedestrian crossing outside the London Metropolitan University Clocktower building would move south and be brought into the new junction.

We propose to simplify the Holloway Road/Hornsey Street/Hornsey Road junction. We would convert the existing staggered signalised pedestrian crossings to straight across crossings. We also propose to remove the small triangular pedestrian island and slip road into Hornsey Road to create more space for people walking, reduce the crossing distance and simplify traffic movements.

To allow for the proposed crossing changes to be introduced, changes to some bus stops, loading bays and parking locations between Hornsey Street/Hornsey Road and Ronalds Road would be required.

To provide the new crossings, we propose to make changes to some permitted turning arrangements for traffic at the Drayton Park/Palmer Place and Liverpool Road junctions. All movements through the area would still be possible in the new road layout, but it might be necessary for road users to take a different route. These changes are necessary to allow the crossings to be delivered without displacing traffic on to local roads.

In detail:

  • From Palmer Place on to Holloway Road, we propose to reinstate the right turn and remove the left turn. Traffic approaching from Palmer Place and heading north would instead use Liverpool Road to turn left on to Holloway Road
  • From Holloway Road in to Palmer Place, the left turn would be removed and vehicles would use Liverpool Road to turn left
  • From Liverpool Road on to Holloway Road the right turn would be removed and vehicles would use Palmer Place to travel south towards Central London

We need to remove two trees to ensure the new signals at Liverpool Road are visible to drivers. We have identified locations to plant new trees elsewhere within the scheme extents, subject to ground conditions.

We propose to change the traffic signals at the Drayton Park/Palmer Place junction so that the side roads run separately to reduce the risk of conflict between road users at this junction.

To provide the new pedestrian crossings at the Drayton Park/Palmer Place junction and on Liverpool Road, all the junctions in the scheme must be addressed together. This is to ensure the road network operates effectively in this area for all users.

Traffic modelling

Our traffic modelling data shows that the overall effect of our proposals on buses is generally neutral. The majority of bus routes will experience a change in journey time of between 0 and 30 seconds, however there are also some considerable improvements, of up to 5 minutes, expected for buses using Liverpool Road in both directions, particularly during the PM peak. There is an overall small impact on northbound general traffic, with improved journey times for southbound general traffic. These impacts result from the need to balance the network for all vehicular modes affected by the proposals.

Bus service changes

As a result of changes to the turning movements at the junction of Palmer Place to Holloway Road, we are also proposing to reroute the 153 bus route in a northbound direction from Palmer Place on to Liverpool Road. This is required because of the changes at the Palmer Place junction but is also expected to increase reliability and simplicity for passengers.

Cycleway consultation

The London Borough of Islington, in partnership with Transport for London, are also currently consulting on a new Cycleway adjacent to this scheme. The new Cycleway will connect Finsbury Park and Highbury Fields, where the improved route will help cyclists cross Holloway Road at the existing cycle crossing at Fieldway Crescent. More details are available at:

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A1 Holloway Road (including Drayton Park junction) proposals (PDF 2.41MB)

Next Steps

Following this consultation we will analyse the responses and review the design. We will then seek the necessary powers and, subject to this consultation, construction is expected to begin in early 2020 and anticipated to take around three months to complete.

Healthy Streets

The changes proposed in this scheme are part of our commitment to deliver the Healthy Streets Approach. We are taking this approach to create a vibrant, successful city where the streets are welcoming to all and everyone can live active, healthy lives. The streets within this scheme and the proposed changes have been assessed by our designers against ten Healthy Streets Indicators using our Healthy Streets Check for Designers tool. This tool assesses the layout of streets against thirty one measures which produce an overall Healthy Streets Check score out of 100. We use infographics to show the current score for the streets within this scheme and potential scores based on our proposed changes. The Healthy Streets results can be seen in the diagram below.

A1 Holloway Road (including Drayton Park junction) Healthy Streets results (PDF 124KB)

Equality Impact assessment

We are subject to the general public sector equality duty set out in section 149 of the Equality Act 2010, which requires us to have due regard to the need to eliminate discrimination, advance equality of opportunity and foster good relations by reference to people with protected characteristics. The protected characteristics are: age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. As part of our decision-making process on proposals for new schemes, we have had due regard to any impacts on those with protected characteristics and the need to ensure their interests are taken into account.

In considering the design of our streets, we closely consider the needs of all users throughout the design process. As this scheme is a significant infrastructure project we:

  • Have completed a draft Equality Impact Assessment (EqIA) at the outset of the project, to review potential impacts on equality target groups, including disabled people
  • Are carrying out public consultations, including targeted engagement with accessibility user groups
  • Will continue to ensure we comply with established guidance which includes detailed requirements for disabled people

A draft EqIA has been carried out for this proposal. While the changes we are proposing are broadly positive for all protected groups, the assessment highlights there could be some negative impacts for some of the protected characteric groups. This is because the location of pedestrian crossings and some of the bus stops within the scheme area are proposed to change. There would also be impacts to some groups during construction. These impacts would be reduced as much as possible, for example with alternative routes provided and signposted during construction. However, in some instances, this could cause longer journey times for people during construction.

We would like your views on the impact the scheme could have on you when you travel through the area. You can let us know by completing the online survey.

The draft EqIA can be found below.

A1 Holloway Road (including Drayton Park junction) Equality Impact Assessment (PDF 850KB)

Have your say

We would like to know what you think about our proposals.

Please give us your views by completing the online survey below by Sunday 8 September 2019.

Alternatively, you can:

You can also request paper copies of all the consultation materials and a response form by emailing, or writing to FREEPOST TFL CONSULTATIONS.


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