TRAFFIC congestion at Henlys Corner should decrease dramatically after Transport for London announces it will open more lanes at peak times as of tomorrow.

Major works being carried out at the junction have been causing significant traffic disruptions since they started in May.

In response to concerns raised by Barnet residents and councillors TfL has announced it aims to cut congestion by 45 per cent for the 94,000 drivers using the junction every day.

From tomorrow, two lanes northbound and southbound on the A598 Finchley Road/Regent’s Park Road will remain open during peak hours (6-10am and 3-9pm).

From 23 July, three lanes on the A406 will remain open during the same peak periods.

Outside of peak traffic hours the A598 will remain at one lane and the A406 at two lanes.

Garrett Emmerson, chief operating officer for TfL London streets, said: “'The works at Henlys Corner will bring huge benefits to all road users along the A406 North Circular Road, but while we carry them out it is essential that every effort be made to reduce disruption and make life easier for local residents.

"This new way of working at the junction will do just that.”

In order to allow the changes to take place, overnight resurfacing works will be carried out on the A406 from 16-23 July between 11pm and 5am.

TfL has said all efforts will be made to keep the noisy works to a minimum during the night time operating hours.

The changes also mean the completion date for the scheme is now scheduled for November 2011.