Roehampton To Go Digital
One of eight areas in London to trial the "Countdown Crossings"
Mayor Boris Johnson, pledged a trial of the technology, which will give Londoners clarity on how long they have to cross the road and help keep traffic moving.
Pedestrian Countdown systems have already been used with great success in other world cities and will be trialled in London for 18 months, the display will show pedestrians the time between the green man symbol going out and the red man appearing. This will make it clear to pedestrians how much time they have left to cross the road safely.
A Transport for London (TfL) study of pedestrian behaviour (see notes to editors) at crossings with signals found that around half of the pedestrians observed crossed even when the red man symbol was displayed.
In addition, 60 per cent of pedestrians asked were not aware that the blackout period, as well as the green man phase, is there to allow pedestrians to complete their crossing safely.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
David Brown, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said:
TfL and the Department of Transport will look carefully at the results of the trial to see whether Pedestrian Countdown technology could be rolled out to other traffic junctions across London.
June 28, 2010