Archway gyratory: planned improvements – works start 1st February

Transport for London has written to us to inform us of their planned works to transform the Archway gyratory to make the town centre a more pleasant, accessible and safe environment for all road users. The improvements aim to create a new public space in the heart of the town and introduce a new two-way traffic system, dedicated cycle lanes and improved pedestrian crossings. The works are planned to be completed in summer 2017.

archway_project designWhat they will do

As part of the improvements they plan to:

  • Change the one-way gyratory traffic system to two-way operation
  • Create a new public space and improve access to local businesses by closing the south-west arm of the gyratory to traffic
  • Introduce segregated cycle lanes, including a two-way cycle route close to Archway Tube station
  • Introduce a new street-level pedestrian crossing on Archway Road (near Despard Road), replacing the pedestrian underpass
  • Permanently ban right-turns from St John’s Way to the A1 Archway Road
  • Permanently introduce a no right-turn from the A400 Junction Road onto the A1 Holloway Road
  • Permanently reverse the one-way operation of Vorley Road and MacDonald Road
  • Retain the no left-turn from Holloway Road into Junction Road

You can see a map of the completed road layout by clicking on the image to the right. The permanent changes to turn movements are planned to come into effect from January 2017.

How you may be affected

TFL aim to minimise the impact of the works on all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists. However, during construction there will be lane closures, suspended parking bays, turning restrictions and closed junctions and streets that will make traffic around the area busier than usual.

You are advised to plan ahead and allow more time to complete your journeys, especially when travelling during peak periods (07:00-09:00 & 16:30-19:30 weekdays, and 10:00-19:00 at weekends) or to consider alternative means of travel where possible. It is strongly advised that you check before you travel or follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter for the latest road travel information.

Some bus stops will be suspended and relocated, and bus lanes will be suspended at times during the works. You can visit to find out how your journey may be affected or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter for the latest bus updates.

Temporary diversions around work areas and changes to bus services will be clearly signed.

Working hours

Construction will typically take place Monday to Saturday between 07:00 and 18:00.

However, to minimise the impact on road users, quieter works will take place 24 hours a day at some locations during construction.

In February 2016, work will be done at night between 22:00 and 05:00 on traffic signals near the Archway gyratory. TFL aim to do everything they can to keep disruption and noise to a minimum, but apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Planning your deliveries and servicing

If you are making or receiving deliveries, you can avoid delays by working with your customers and/or suppliers now to plan these activities outside the busiest times wherever possible. Please visit for more information.

Consultation on bus services

As a result of the changes to the road layout, some changes will be needed to bus services in the area. We started consulting on proposed changes to bus services today.

We want to know your views on how bus routes will pass through the new road layout and which routes will serve which bus stops. The consultation is now open so please visit to have your say.

Find out more

These improvements form part of TFL’s Road Modernisation Plan, the biggest investment in London’s roads for a generation. Please visit to find out more.

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