Corbyn salutes square returned to the people
Labour leader opens ‘wonderful’ pedestrian areas that have replaced gyratory
01 September, 2017 — By Koos Couvée
Jeremy Corbyn with Councillor Claudia Webbe, left, and Val Shawcross, deputy mayor for transport
LABOUR leader Jeremy Corbyn has officially opened the new Archway square, proclaiming that the space once dominated by cars has been returned to the people.
The new square is a central part of the £12.6m revitalisation of Archway, offering a welcoming new meeting place for residents and visitors and for the staging of community events.
It was created in partnership with the Mayor of London and Transport for London as part of major work replacing the traffic-dominated and outdated, one-way gyratory with two-way traffic, thereby helping to reconnect the town centre and shops.
The new pedestrianised area with bicycle lanes
Mr Corbyn, the Islington North MP, said: “Over the past three decades there has been a steady reallocation of space in London to help pedestrians, cyclists and public transport.
“Archway’s new layout provides wonderful pedestrianised areas, newly-planted trees and improved cycle routes.
“The public should be thanked for their patience with the work and participation in discussions about how to improve our community.”