Creating safe walking and cycling routes in Finsbury Park

Making changes to road layouts in North London has created calmer, safer streets that encourage walking and cycling
The challenge

Drayton Park was once a service road carrying lorries to the industrial businesses which occupied the land around Finsbury Park railway. With the arrival of Arsenal Football club’s Emirates Stadium, this area has been redeveloped into a residential area. However the road design remains intimidating and uninviting for people on foot and bike. Similarly, Seven Sisters Road, a busy and often congested road running through Finsbury Park, creates a major barrier for people wanting to use the rail, tube and bus stations or access the park itself. The bus station is very overcrowded, making it difficult for pedestrians and cyclists moving through it.

The solution

It’s a fantastic project and it’s emotional to be honoured by the community I grew up in. I used to cycle round here too, so it’s really great to be supporting a local cycling scheme.

- Jazzy B, who was immortalised on the portrait bench

Sustrans worked with Transport for London and Islington Council to reconfigure streets and a key junction on the one-way gyratory system to allow the reallocation of one of the traffic lanes into a new shared footway. We installed Toucan crossings and created a new shared pedestrian and cycle route through the bus station. We widened footways, planted trees and reconfigured parking and carriageway markings along Drayton Park, outside the school and station. Access to Arsenal Underground station has also been improved, with more space for pedestrians at the station entrance and extra cycle parking capacity.

The difference

By creating a shared footway, people on foot and bike are able to move through the area much more comfortably and safely. People now have much better access to the public transport services and to the park. The changes along Drayton Park have calmed the street environment and encouraged lower traffic speeds and more people to walk and cycle.

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