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Plans for Archway Bridge safety measures submitted...again

PUBLISHED: 11:52 07 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:52 07 June 2017

The Archway bridge. Picture: Rocker_44/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

The Archway bridge. Picture: Rocker_44/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

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Plans for the long awaited “anti-suicide” barrier on Archway Bridge finally look set to be signed off.

Jonathan Culverwell-Landsberg died at the bridge in 2013. Jonathan Culverwell-Landsberg died at the bridge in 2013.

Transport for London has submitted a final set of designs to Islington and Haringey councils, who share responsibility for the bridge that carries Hornsey Lane over Archway Road.

Campaigners have spent more than a decade pushing for safety measures on the bridge, a fight that has seen cameras set up along its length – but no extra railings.

A prototype was put up in February last year, a few months after both councils signed off plans in principle.

But bizarrely it was never built because the trial fence’s design wasn’t consistent with what the councils had agreed on.

Loren Averill, whose brother Jonathan Culverwell-Landsberg died at the bridge in 2013, welcomed news of the latest set of plans, but says the process has dragged on too long. “It’s four years since my brother died,” she told the Gazette this week. “It should have been done so much sooner.

Loren Averill: 'It should have been much sooner.' Loren Averill: 'It should have been much sooner.'

“They kept saying they would do it and never did. But it looks as if they are going to finally do it.

“It’s too late for me, but it’s going to save lives. Even if it ends up saving one life it’s worth it. Enough’s enough – it costs so much more money every time someone dies than it does to put up the safety measures.”

Fresh samples of the design materials are now being produced and are expected to be considered by both councils soon to check they’re consistent.

An Islington spokesman said: “The application is an application for approval of details. We are not intending to take the application to committee. We will simply be checking that the sample panel complies with the planning consent that was issued in October 2015.”

Transport for London added: “The main change is that the proposed posts are rectangular and solid, rather than square and hollow.”

It is understood that this is the only change to be made from the previous plans for the fence, which is more than two metres high.

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