TfL's new Health Action Plan

MQT on 2014-03-19
Session date: 
March 19, 2014
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Transport for London's new health action plan advocates a 'healthy street' approach. Indicators of a healthy street include: 'easy to cross', 'people feel safe' and 'people feel relaxed'.  Does this mean that TfL will no longer be pursuing a policy of reducing pedestrian green man times across the capital which effectively makes streets less easy to cross and can result in pedestrians feeling less safe and more anxious crossing the road?


Answer for TfL's new Health Action Plan

Answer for TfL's new Health Action Plan

Answered By: 
The Mayor

TfL does not have a policy of reducing pedestrian green man times across the capital.  Signal timings at junctions and crossings are looked at on a site by site basis and, whilst the green man invitation period is influenced by pedestrian demand at the particular location by time of day and day of week, all timings are set in accordance with national Department for Transport guidelines, providing a safe period of time for pedestrians to cross the road.

TfL reviews the timings at 1,000 traffic signals every year to ensure that they remain appropriate for all users, including pedestrians, and does not systematically reduce the pedestrian green man invitation to cross phase.

TfL is also conducting on-street trials of pedestrian SCOOT (Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique) along the A24 to determine how this technology could be used to ensure pedestrian green man times remain appropriate, in relation to the number of pedestrians waiting to cross.  If pedestrian demand is higher than normal, pedestrian SCOOT will recognise this and increase the green phase accordingly.