Cyclists rejoice! A new road crossing looks set to be trialled in the capital in a bid to make the roads safer.
The ‘simultaneous green’ crossing has already been trialled successfully in Europe and is said to be safer than crossing types currently in use. The crossing registers the presence of cyclists in front of stationary cars, providing them with a green light in all directions to allow them to set off before other road users.
The development is being pushed forward in Richmond by Transport for London’s (TFL) ‘Future Streets Incubator’ programme, which supports innovation in on-street technology to make the roads travel safer and more sustainable.
So far, TFL have approved a request for funding from Richmond council. A feasibility study will now be carried out over the next few months for traffic modelling at the junction at Richmond Road, St Margaret’s Road and Rosslyn Road. If the plans are passed after review and public consultation the construction of the simultaneous green crossing can then go ahead.
Cllr Stephen Speak, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “I’m very pleased that TFL has chosen to work with Richmond Council on our All Green proposal for East Twickenham. We want to help cyclists navigate our busy junctions safely and efficiently and will be monitoring the innovation closely. Assuming the trial is a success, TFL could roll out similar schemes across London.”
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