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A New Traffic Light Feature?

Interesting new road safety feature at the crossing near Holborn station:

It counts down the number fo seconds until the traffic starts flowing again.

I must admit, my first reaction to these, as I headed in search of a sandwich, was disbelief – do we actually need these countdowns? And then, I remembered the number of rather horrible accidents I've seen from the EG office, including watching the police setting up a tent over, presumably, a mangled body, while I was in a meeting in the publisher's office.

Maybe we do need them.

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  1. Bromiskelly

    They’ve had these in Dublin for years. there they give pedestrians a count down to when they can next cross the road. They certainly seemed to work in busy areas such as O’Connell bridge.

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  2. James R Grinter

    Likewise in Glasgow, and Amsterdam, they count down *to* when the green man (or green bicycle) will appear. This makes sense – it discourages people from dashing across the road when it’s about to change green anyway (as many drivers race to beat, or go through, red lights.)

    Apparently car-crazy London has decided to test the opposite method.

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