New Pedestrian Crossing Countdown System (5)

MQT on 2010-07-14
Session date: 
July 14, 2010
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Will you look into converting all crossings in London to having an audible signal to ensure that blind and partially sighted people are able to cross the road safely and independently?


Answer for New Pedestrian Crossing Countdown System (5)

Answer for New Pedestrian Crossing Countdown System (5)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL follows Department for Transport guidance in the use of audible signals. Firstly, it is important that they only be used where there is no risk of being heard at an adjacent crossing. Secondly, TfL always consults the local highway authority to ensure that local sensitivities are fully considered to avoid the audible signal being perceived by residents as a noise nuisance. As audible signals are not always appropriate, all new and modernised traffic signals include a tactile cone fitted beneath the pedestrian push-button box on the right hand side of each pedestrian crossing (as per current DfT Inclusive Mobility Guidance). The cone rotates during the pedestrian invitation to cross.