PEDESTRIAN countdown timers will be trialled on traffic lights at the intersection of William and Murray streets in the Perth CBD in a bid to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow, the West Australian Government announced last week.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the electronic timers would eliminate the 'flashing red man' and inform pedestrians about how much time was left to safely cross the road.
"The 'green man' invitation to cross will still be displayed when it is safe to begin crossing the road," Mr Nalder said.
"The timers replace the 'flashing red man' and lets pedestrians know how many seconds they have to safely finish crossing the road before the red 'don't walk' symbol is displayed.
"Pedestrian countdown timers are a first for Western Australia, but have been used successfully in other Australian cities and other parts of the world.
"By informing pedestrians about how much time is left to cross the road, we can improve the efficiency of the intersection and Keep Perth Moving."
The audio tactile signals for the vision impaired will remain the same.
The Minister said the intersection of William and Murray streets was chosen for the trial location because of its close proximity to the Murray Street Mall and the high volumes of pedestrians walking to and from Perth Underground.
"If successful, the trial will be implemented at other locations within the metropolitan area," he said.
Main Roads Western Australia will evaluate the effectiveness of the pedestrian countdown timers and consider other potential locations, should the trial be extended.