Countdown crossings to end 'blackout' for pedestrians
TfL has announced that the number of Pedestrian Countdown crossings in London will double by summer 2016.
The new technology replaces the 'blackout' period on traffic signals with a numerical counter to show how long pedestrians have left to safely cross the road.
TfL had a target to install the technology at 400 crossings by April 2016. However, that target has been stretched by a further 400 sites, meaning that 800 crossings, or around 20% of all pedestrian crossings in London, will have Pedestrian Countdown by summer 2016.
TfL claims that during 2014, the new style crossings helped reduce the number of pedestrian KSIs by 7% compared to the previous year.
Boris Johnson MP, mayor of London, said: “TfL's commitment to extend Pedestrian Countdown is good news and means that 800 crossings across the Capital will have them in place by next summer.
“This is part of the action we're taking on a number of other fronts, including significant improvements to major road junctions and working closely with London's boroughs to ensure that roads with high footfall are even safer to use.”
Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport at TfL, said: “Research suggests that, alongside significant health benefits, reduced congestion and better air quality, walking is good for local economies - with those who walk to town centres spending more than other people arriving by different transport services.
“Our wide ranging work to reduce the number of pedestrians injured in London is making a huge difference but we continue to work with the boroughs, our policing colleagues and stakeholders to reduce this further and deliver the mayor's commitment to halve the number of people killed and seriously injured in London by 2020.”