TfL details upcoming A1 closures

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Upper Holloway Bridge, which crossed the A1, is to be demolished and replaced. GOOGLE STREETVIEW
Upper Holloway Bridge, which crossed the A1, is to be demolished and replaced. GOOGLE STREETVIEW

Extensive closures are required up until mid-January to replace Upper Holloway Bridge

Transport for London (TfL) is advising road users that a series of closures of a section of the A1 are required later this month to continue work on replacing the century-old Upper Holloway Bridge.

The work means users of the A1 Holloway Road will need to use alternative routes and leave more time for journeys to reduce disruption during the closures, which will start from 2200hrs on Friday, October 21.

In order to transfer the utilities before the road bridge’s demolition and reconstruction at Christmas, a number of closures will be required. Signed diversions will be in place and bus routes 17, 43, 263, 271 and N41 will be diverted. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.

The closures of the A1 between Fairbridge Road and Wedmore Gardens will be:

  • 2200hrs on Friday October 21 to 0500hrs on Monday, October 31 – closed to all vehicles in both directions;
  • 0500hrs on Monday, October 31 to 2200hrs on Saturday, December 24 – closed to all vehicles travelling southbound;
  • 2200hrs on Friday, November 18 to 0500hrs on Monday, November 21 – closed to all vehicles in both directions; and
  • 2200hrs on Friday, November 25 to 0500hrs on Monday, November 28 – closed to all vehicles in both directions.

This will be followed by the pre-planned full closure between December 24, 2016 and January 16, 2017, when the bridge will be demolished and replaced.

Nick Fairholme, Director of Projects and Programmes in Surface Transport at TfL, said: “The vital work to replace the Upper Holloway Bridge with a strong, future-proofed and durable structure now requires complex rerouting of the utilities.

“To safely complete this complicated work we need a series of closures of the A1 and we are sorry for the disruption this will cause to road journeys in the area.”

To mitigate disruption, TfL will look to re-plan the work at nearby Archway and Highbury Corner and is working with the surrounding boroughs to ban all non-emergency roadworks on nearby roads. TfL has also put in place plans to swiftly remove any vehicles blocking key surrounding routes to help reduce disruption.