Traffic lights at Junction of Cromwell Road & Earls Court Road, SW5

Meeting: 
MQT on 2003-11-19
Session date: 
November 19, 2003
Reference: 
2003/2059
Question By: 
Angie Bray
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Please can you advise me why the traffic lights at the junction of West Cromwell Road and Earl's Court Road do not have a sound function making it difficult for the disabled and the partial sighted to know when they can cross? Secondly, why are these lights 'blinkered' as this can make it hard to see whether they are operational? Finally, what is being done to prevent or fine cars that jump these and other red lights?

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Answer

Answer for Traffic lights at Junction of Cromwell Road & Earls Court Road, SW5

Answer for Traffic lights at Junction of Cromwell Road & Earls Court Road, SW5

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Audible signals are provided at crossings where there can be no confusion caused to those being guided by them. This usually means at sites where there is an all red crossing period and all traffic is stationary. At the junction of Cromwell Road & Earls Court Road, pedestrians cross parts of the junction while conflicting traffic is stopped, but non-conflicting traffic continues to run. In this situation, an audible signal for one part of the junction might be heard by someone waiting to cross another part of the junction and be misled into crossing when it is not safe to do so. The alternative is to mount tactile rotating cones underneath the pedestrian push button units. The current policy is to provide these at all relevant new sites and at relevant existing sites that are being modernised or undergoing a major modification. Rotating cones are provided at the pedestrian crossing in Earls Court Road just south of Cromwell Road.The pedestrian crossing in Earls Court Road just south of Cromwell Road is the only part of the junction that is fitted with "louvres" (i.e. "blinkered"). This pedestrian facility does not show green to traffic at exactly the same time as the signals controlling the southbound traffic waiting in Earls Court Road at the Cromwell Road junction. The "louvres" are designed such that these drivers do not see the green signal appear at the pedestrian crossing and start to move too early from their stop line thus being in conflict with both pedestrians and other traffic.Cromwell Road between Earls Court Road and Marloes Road was identified as requiring safety investigation following 5 (KSI Killed or Serious Injury) accidents in a 36 month period to December 2002. Following a reported fatality in July 2003 at the junction of Earls Court Road and Cromwell Road, the study will now include the junction. The London Road Safety Unit manages the accident and casualty database that is used to identify road safety problem sites in London, on behalf of TfL and the London boroughs. Sites that have road safety problems due to vehicles running through red lights can be included in the London Safety Camera Partnership programme for installation of red light safety cameras. The London Safety Camera Partnership was formed in March 2001 to manage the existing red light and speed cameras and to introduce new cameras where appropriate. .