Transport for London (TfL) is set to trial ‘green man authority’ on ten pedestrian crossings around the city.
The signal strategy will give pedestrians priority, relying on detectors to pick up any oncoming vehicles.
The July 2018 TfL Walking Action Plan states, 'Green man’ authority is a radical technique where the traffic signals show a green signal for pedestrians continuously, until vehicular traffic is detected, at which time the pedestrians are stopped on a red signal, and vehicles are given a green light to proceed.'
'This technique has previously only been used at two locations in London, on bus-only streets in Hounslow and Morden. TfL has identified the next 10 new locations where this approach will be set up, where it would significantly benefit pedestrians, with very little detriment to traffic.'
The pedestrian crossing are to be,
- Newham: Endeavour Square (Westfield Avenue by Southern Boulevard; Westfield Avenue by Middle Crossing; and Westfield Avenue by International Way)
- City of London: Millennium Bridge (Queen Victoria Street by Distaff Lane)
- Southwark: Guy’s Hospital (St Thomas Street by Weston Street East; and St Thomas Street by Weston Street West)
- Southwark: The Shard/Guy’s Hospital (St Thomas Street by Joiner Street)
- Westminster: Wardour Street (Wardour Street by Brewer Street)
- Hammersmith and Fulham: Imperial Wharf Station (Imperial Road by Fulmead Street)
- Merton: Wimbledon Shopping Centre (Queens Road by South Park Road)