Boris Johnson unveils Henlys Corner improvements
By Marcus Leach
Local residents and community leaders will join the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, today (Friday) to welcome dramatic improvements at the Henlys Corner junction in North London for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
Major works to significantly improve traffic flow, introduce safe pedestrian crossings, and cut street clutter have transformed this busy and vital road junction on the A406.
Ahead of his visit, the Mayor highlighted the achievements at Henlys Corner in a speech at Mansion House last night, where he called for a renewed focus on improving the capital’s roads. The Mayor told London Government leaders that London’s roads risk becoming the unloved sibling of the mass transit system. In an era of record numbers of bus users and cyclists, he argued that it is vital the road network is prioritised for improvement.
Henlys Corner has been upgraded for traffic passing through the junction via the A406 North Circular Road and the A958 Finchley Road / Regents Park. Right turns previously caused significant queues on the local roads. However vehicles are now allowed to move forward and queue in a central area of the junction, which has reduced disruption.
That work has helped to improve journey time for the 94,000 vehicles passing through the junction every day by approximately four minutes during the morning peak and 2.5 minutes in the evening peak.
New fully accessible signal controlled crossings have been installed across all sections of the junction, making crossing the road significantly easier for pedestrians and cyclists. The signals are automated for pedestrians crossing during the Jewish Sabbath, removing the need to operate equipment by the local Jewish community travelling to and from the Kinloss Finchley Synagogue, which is located to the north of the junction.
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