Re-phasing traffic lights

MQT on 2009-09-09
Session date: 
September 9, 2009
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


You published a Manifesto priority to re-phase lights at 1,000 busy junctions to ease congestion. This has been presented as a policy friendly to motorists. At the same time, TfL are on course, in a range of locations, to make safer a number of crossings by allowing more time for pedestrians rather than less, as a result of deaths or injuries and the increased fears and complaints from the public. In what way is your policy coherent?


Answer for Re-phasing traffic lights

Answer for Re-phasing traffic lights

Answered By: 
The Mayor

As previously stated, my aim in smoothing traffic flow is to increase the reliability and predictability of journeys, including through tackling 'stop-start' traffic conditions. If the road network is operating efficiently, all road users including pedestrians, will benefit. The goal of a signal timing review is to ensure that each junction operates safely and optimally and that the needs of both traffic and pedestrians are carefully balanced. Changes to the highway and traffic signals are always carefully considered in terms of road safety and any works are subject to a safety audit.

TfL's London Road Safety Unit routinely monitors accident statistics, identifying locations that are a priority for action, based on the rate of collisions. Action to address such issues at a particular location, whether through changes to the traffic signals or other measures, is not inconsistent with my ambition to ensure the road network is operating as efficiently as possible.