Traffic Lights Trafalgar Square

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
David Kurten
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


At the Trafalgar Square end of Northumberland Avenue, there is a pedestrian crossing. These lights turn to red after traffic coming from The Mall and Cockspur Street proceeding straight to Northumberland Avenue or right into Whitehall have had their green phase. When the lights in the middle of Trafalgar Square turn red, these lights then turn red about four seconds later, as an additional safeguard for pedestrians crossing, so that slow-moving traffic over the first stop point - but still proceeding, do not continue to creep across the crossing. Unfortunately, there is at present no white line marked on the road at this point, so drivers assume that the red lights are a mirror of the previous set and not a new stopping point. Accordingly, they plough on through a green man. Could I ask why there is no white line marked on the roadway?


Answer for Traffic Lights Trafalgar Square

Answer for Traffic Lights Trafalgar Square

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The white line at the junction of The Mall / Cockspur Street, was removed during recent roadworks by Westminster City Council, the highway Authority responsible for this road. Transport for London (TfL) has asked Westminster City Council about the issue, and they have assured TfL that the markings will be re-applied as a matter of urgency.