Pedestrian crossings (1)

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


I have been contacted by a constituent who reports that an 'improved' pedestrian crossing at Replingham Road and Wimbledon Park Road has no audible bleep and merely a tactile cone to inform blind and visually impaired people when it is appropriate to cross. What is the policy of Transport for London towards the provision of both facilities? Shouldn't both facilities be routinely provided except for specific cases where there is advice that an audible bleep is not appropriate on safety grounds for a specific crossing, perhaps due to the location of another crossing nearby?


Answer for Pedestrian crossings (1)

Answer for Pedestrian crossings (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

To meet the minimum standards required for disabled users, TfL's policy is to provide both tactile rotating cones and audible signals at pedestrian crossing facilities. However, we may not provide audible signals if there is the potential for these to disturb local residents, particularly late at night, or if different pedestrian phases are operating at different times and the use of audible signals would introduce a safety hazard.

I was sorry to hear about the specific case you mention and audible signals should indeed have been provided. TfL will introduce these facilities within the next two weeks.