Islington Council

Road Closures and Traffic

When a match is played at Arsenal, certain roads surrounding the stadium need to close in order to make the streets safe for pedestrians and to allow emergency access. Controlled vehicle access will be limited to residents and businesses with special road closure access permits on display. Most roads will be open during a match.

The table below shows how the road closures operate depending on time of kick-off. We have listed the most common kick-off times below, but please note these are subject to change and from time to time there may be a match that starts outside of the times listed below.

Kick-off Before the match     During the match After the match  
  No road closures Access permit holders only No vehicle access Roads re-opened No vehicle access No road closures
12.00pm Until 10am 10am to 11am 11am to 12.15pm 12.15pm to 1.30pm 1.30pm to 2.45pm After 2.45pm
12.45pm Until 10.45pm 10.45am to 11.45am 11.45am to 1pm 1pm to 2.15pm 2.15pm to 3.30pm After 3.30pm
3.00pm Until 1pm 1pm to 2pm 2pm to 3.15pm 3.15pm to 4.30pm 4.30pm to 5.45pm After 5.45pm
4.00pm Until 2pm 2pm to 3pm 3pm to 4.15pm 4.15pm to 5.30pm 5.30 to 6.45pm After 6.45pm
4.30pm Until 2.30pm 2.30pm to 3.30pm 3.30pm to 4.45pm 4.45pm to 6pm 6pm to 7.15pm After 7.15pm
7.30pm Until 5.30pm 5.30pm to 6.30pm 6.30pm to 7.45pm 7.45pm to 9pm 9pm to 10.15pm After 10.15pm
7.45pm Until 5.45pm 5.45pm to 6.45pm 6.45pm to 8pm 8pm to 9.15pm 9.15pm to 10.30pm After 10.30pm
8.00pm Until 6pm 6pm to 7pm 7pm to 8.15pm 8.15pm to 9.30pm 9.30pm to 10.45pm After 10.45pm


Two hours before a match

Residents displaying the special road closure access permit will have access to most streets while supporters arrive. However, to ensure safety the Metropolitan Police will close parts of Hornsey Road, Queensland Road and Benwell Road in N7, nearest the stadium and part of Gillespie Road, N5, outside Arsenal tube station.

Residents will be able to access Citizen Road, N7, via Lowman Road , N7.

One hour before

This is the busiest time when most people arrive.

For one hour before a match, until 15 minutes after its start, only emergency vehicles will be permitted to pass the road closure points.

During a match

While a match is on, the police will reopen all roads except Queensland Road and parts of Benwell Road and Hornsey Road. Part of Gillespie Road will also remain closed due to barriers in the road.

This is necessary in case the stadium needs to be evacuated in an emergency.

After a match

After matches the streets immediately around the ground are busiest as everyone leaves the stadium.

15 minutes before the end of a match, the Metropolitan Police will close the same roads as before the match. They will also close Palmer Place, Prah Road and the northern part of the St Thomas’s Road near Finsbury Park station to assist with the management of supporter road crossings. These closures could last up to one hour but may open more quickly if it’s safe to do so.

For more information, please refer to the Emirates Stadium Local Transport Operation Information Brochure on the Transport Information page.


Page Last Updated: 23 December 2009