MQT on 2017-01-18
Session date: 
January 18, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The 'no right turn' at the junction of Macdonald Road with Highgate Hill and the 'no right turn' where St. John's Way joins Archway both make it impossible for local traffic from the east to join the A1 northbound. Do you think that this is good practice and acceptable to displace traffic from A roads to tertiary residential roads? Will you review the new road layout?


Answer for Archway

Answer for Archway

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL has reviewed these changes in detail and concluded that allowing the right turn from St John's Way into Archway Road is not possible given the available road space, the road danger concerns it would cause, and the negative impacts to all users of the junction.

This would include a substantial increase in journey times for bus passengers and other traffic on St John's Way and Holloway Road.

TfL's traffic counts taken before the Archway scheme was constructed showed that the movement from St John's Way to Archway Road was the least used at the gyratory. With a number of alternative routes available, TfL does not anticipate a discernible impact on local streets from banning the turn.

The no right turn from MacDonald Road into Highgate Hill prevents through-traffic bypassing the junction and 'rat running' on local streets from Junction Road to the A1 northbound via Vorley Road and MacDonald Road. 

TfL has committed to monitoring the Archway scheme after it is completed to assess the benefits and impacts of the changes, including on local streets. Any necessary changes required will be identified and agreed with the London Borough of Islington.