A FURTHER four intersections in Perth's CBD have received pedestrian countdown timers as a result of a successful trial that took place at the intersection of William and Murray streets in a bid to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow.
"The trial showed that people are embracing the innovation and a preliminary online survey indicated a 95 per cent approval rating for the timers," Western Australian Transport Minister Dean Nalder said.
"It has proven to be effective in providing greater information to pedestrians crossing busy intersections by telling them how much time is left to cross."
The timers eliminate the 'flashing red man' signal by providing a countdown timer to tell pedestrians how long they have to safely finish crossing, following a standard six second 'green man' invitation to cross. A red 'don't walk' signal is then displayed
The additional pedestrian countdown timers will be installed at Wellington Street and Forrest Place at the Perth railway station crossing; the corner of William and Hay streets; the corner of Barrack and Hay streets; and the corner Barrack and Murray streets.
"The timers are costing about $150,000 to install and it's one of the many initiatives of the Main Roads Traffic Congestion Management Program to Keep Perth Moving," Mr Nalder said.