Countdown system for traffic lights

MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Question By: 
Victoria Borwick
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How much would it cost Transport for London to introduce an electronic countdown system to traffic lights at a major junction in central London?


Answer for Countdown system for traffic lights

Answer for Countdown system for traffic lights

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL is not yet in a position to provide a firm cost for the introduction of pedestrian countdown technology at an individual junction. This will be subject to the outcome of feasibility studies and trials.

Pedestrian Countdown technology has not been fully developed for use in England. TfL is currently undertaking a feasibility study, including the development of a prototype and technical testing, to allow the Department for Transport (DfT) to consider approving its wider us and with a view to obtaining approval to conduct on-street trials at carefully selected sites in London by Summer 2010.

Financial estimates have been made in regards to the wider implementation of countdown technology, and £13m has been set aside in the business plan from 2009/10 to 2017/18 to potentially deliver pedestrian countdown at around 450 sites. These costs are dependent on the outcomes of trials and the subsequent procurement process associated with wider implementation. Once the feasibility tests and research have been completed, DfT will make a decision about whether this technology can be used in London. At that stage, TfL will be in a better position to comment on the costs of implementing Countdown technology.