National charity Living Streets is calling for the planned trials to introduce countdown crossings in eight London locations to be axed, amidst safety fears for pedestrians.
As part of its plans to smooth traffic flow across the capital, Transport for London has been investigating changing signalised pedestrian crossings, to reduce the green man phase for pedestrians and to introduce countdown timers for pedestrians. TfL say this is to help pedestrians know how long they have to cross, and to help smooth the flow of traffic. A trial has been set across 8 locations in London and is due to commence on 21 June.
Living Streets believes that such a move is an expensive red herring, which could hinder pedestrian safety, make pedestrians feel rushed and unwelcome whilst crossing the road, and goes against the Mayor