Pedestrian crossings

MQT on 2012-03-14
Session date: 
March 14, 2012
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to your answer to MQT 2473/2011 could you please update me on how many TfL controlled pedestrian crossings still do not meet the two separate DfT guidance standards relating to: a) the minimum time that should be granted for pedestrians to safely cross the road b) pedestrian crossings having an audible signal and/or a rotating cone to assist blind and visually impaired people?


Answer for Pedestrian crossings

Answer for Pedestrian crossings

Answered By: 
The Mayor

(Written answer provided on 3 April 2012.)

The Department for Transport (DfT) provides guidance to all traffic authorities on the amount of time that should be provided for pedestrians to cross at signalised crossings. This guidance changes over time and has changed again recently. All crossings in London are in line with the guidance in place at the time of their installation, and when the guidance changes we bring our crossings into line with that.

a) Currently, only around 100 (approximately 2 per cent) of London's 4,623 signalised locations with pedestrian facilities do not meet the most recent DfT guidelines for the minimum amount of time for pedestrians to complete their crossing after the green man signal has gone out - the blackout or clearance period. Whilst all of these locations provide a safe period for pedestrians to cross the road, TfL has undertaken to upgrade them to meet current guidelines by the end of financial year 2012/13. Of these, 86 locations do not have either audible signals or tactile cones fitted. As these locations are upgraded to meet the latest DfT guidelines for the minimum time for pedestrians to complete their crossing, audible signals and/or tactile cones will be fitted.

b) Almost 93 per cent of the 4,623 signalised locations with pedestrian facilities in London have either tactile cones and/or audible signals fitted. Only 347 locations (7 per cent) have neither tactile or audible signals fitted. As above, 86 will be upgraded with tactile cones and/or audible signals by the end of financial 2012/13. The remaining 261 locations are not able to support rotating cones and/ or audible signals, without an upgrade of the signals' controller hardware. These controllers will be upgraded as they become life expired, are replaced under capital schemes for clients, or as part of the Signals Modernisation process, and all will be in line with current standards by the end of the financial year 2015/16.