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Help requested posted on 28th March 2017:

Part time traffic signal control / pedestrian crossings

Is there any research on part time traffic signal control / pedestrian crossings (if indeed they do exist!)? A colleague is looking specifically at city centre situations where the signals might operate at peak time only and switch off during the inter-peak and overnight but still retain the pedestrian crossing function.

John Galilee

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Response posted on 29th March 2017 by:
Mark Foweraker

E: m.foweraker@cardiff.gov.uk
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Part time traffic signal control / pedestrian crossings

For vehicles it is possible to have part time signals and it has been done.
If there are pedestrian facilities there is no way to arrange it so they are Equalities compliant as unless someone goes out and covers the buttons, how is a visually impaired person to know that the crossing is not in use. To address this you would have to have either the signals come on in all red and then deliver the pedestrian phase before shutting down again. Alternatively, as done in road works, the signals go to all red and then give a green man, or green signal on demand. The power saving in shutting down the signals is much less now they are lit by LEDs.


Response posted on 29th March 2017 by:
Suzanne Coles

E: scoles@swindon.gov.uk
T: 01793 466394

Part time traffic signal control / pedestrian crossings

John, we have a full-time pedestrian crossing on the immediate approach to part-time signals at a roundabout. If this is of any interest I can put you in touch with my colleague who can provide more details.


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