The number of Pedestrian Countdown sites across London will be doubled by this time next year.
The Mayor had set TfL a target of upgrading 400 crossings – 10 per cent of all those in London – with the technology by April 2016. However this target has already been surpassed and TfL is now targeting another 400 sites by next summer.
The work forms a key part of the Mayor and TfL’s road safety target to halve the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) on London’s roads by 2020, compared to the Government baseline. TfL says that during 2014, the plan helped reduce the number of pedestrian KSIs by seven per cent compared to the year before.
The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said: “Ensuring that London’s streets are safe for all road users, including pedestrians, is a top priority. The statistics show that we’re heading in the right direction, but we’ve got to do more to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.
“TfL’s commitment to extend Pedestrian Countdown is good news and means that 800 crossings across the Capital will have them in place by next Summer. This is part of the action we’re taking on a number of other fronts, including significant improvements to major road junctions and working closely with London’s boroughs to ensure that roads with high footfall are even safer to use.”
Leon Daniels, Managing Director of Surface Transport at TfL, said: “Research suggests that, alongside significant health benefits, reduced congestion and better air quality, walking is good for local economies – with those who walk to town centres spending more than other people arriving by different transport services.
“Our wide ranging work to reduce the number of pedestrians injured in London is making a huge difference but we continue to work with the boroughs, our policing colleagues and stakeholders to reduce this further and deliver the Mayor’s commitment to halve the number of people killed and seriously injured in London by 2020.”