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Tom Edwards Tom Edwards | 13:26 UK time, Friday, 4 June 2010

Pedestrians

It's long been a ambition of the Mayor to have countdowns on traffic lights to tell pedestrians how long they have left before the green man disappears.

Well, I can reveal that the trial will start in the next few weeks. The first will be on Blackfriars Road starting on 21 June.

Some are worried it may unnerve and deter some pedestrians from crossing, however the system has had some success in New York.

Eight sites have been chosen for the 18 month trial - they are:


  • Blackfriars Road, outside Southwark station, junction with Union Street and The Cut

  • Balham High Road, outside Balham Station, junction with Chestnut Grove and Balham Station Road

  • A306 Roehampton Lane, junction with the Queen Mary's Hospital access road
    Oxford Circus, junction of Oxford Street and Regent Street

  • High Holborn, outside Holborn station, junction with Kingsway and Southampton Row

  • The junction of Finsbury Square, Finsbury Pavement and Chiswell Street in Broadgate EC1

  • Tower Bridge Road, junction with Tooley Street

  • Old Kent Road at the junction of Surrey Square in Walworth SE17


These are the leaflets (PDF) TfL will soon be distributing to businesses around the trial sites.

According to documents that we've been given, there will be a demonstration of the system in the London Transport Museum from Monday.

Steve Phillips has also been conducting his own experiment on the pedestrian crossings.

What do you think? Does it jar a little with Boris Johnson's mission to declutter the streets? Or will it be safer?

If it works then this could appear at a crossing near you...

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