Henlys Corner, looking east in March 2012
|Type:||At grade crossing with traffic signals|
Henlys Corner is a road junction in North London, where the A1 meets the North Circular Road, and is named after the Henlys Group garage which sat at the junction from 1935 to 1989. The two routes share the roadspace through the junction, along with a local road, the A598 Finchley Road / Regent's Park Road, together with some other local residential roads, and consequently it has been described by Arriva as "a major hotspot for traffic congestion", with approximately 94,000 vehicles traversing the junction daily. The London Buses route 102, which runs from Brent Cross to Edmonton Green, also goes through the junction.
The junction was created as part of the construction of the Barnet Bypass, which opened in 1928, with future provision for the North Circular. It was designed as a dual carriageway junction, but due to the urban sprawl of London already surrounding it, meant that by the 1950s it had a 30 mph speed limit, traffic lights and pedestrian crossings. In 1967, the junction was widened from two to three lanes in each direction, which remains the basic configuration today.
In October 2011, Britain's first "hands free" pedestrian crossing was installed at the junction, so that the local Jewish community did not have to use electricity or operate machinery on the Sabbath. Traffic is held every 90 seconds over this duration (sunset Friday to sunset Saturday). The work was done due to the proximity of Finchley Synagogue to the junction.
During 2011, the junction was also upgraded in order to improve traffic movements. Traffic between the North Circular Road and Finchley Road / Regents Park was rerouted into a central area, as right turns had previously restricted other traffic movements. On 13 January 2012, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson officially opened improvements to the junction, stating "This is a tremendous example of how we are improving London’s roads for every type of user."
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