Western Australia

Pedestrian countdown timers rolled out at more than 10 locations across Perth

THE Western Australian Government last week said it has completed the roll-out of pedestrian countdown timers for this financial year ahead of schedule.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said successful results from the initial trial of countdown timers in the busy CBD had led to the roll-out of more timers across the Perth metropolitan area.

Pedestrian countdown timer in Perth
Above: Pedestrian countdown timer in Perth / Main Roads WA.

"Knowing how many seconds are left on the timer means pedestrians can make more informed choices about crossing the road," Mr Nalder said.

"This is safer for pedestrians while also improving the intersection efficiency for motorists."

Efficiency of traffic signals form part of a planned strategic approach to deliver benefits and improved safety under Main Roads' Traffic Congestion Management Program.

The Minister said he was pleased with the progress of the program which was a new way of operating the network.

"Initiatives such as the pedestrian countdown timers; flashing yellow to turning traffic; yellow box junctions; new merge lines; and the traffic signal timing improvement project are relatively low cost while providing material improvements to traffic flow by using our current infrastructure more effectively," he said.

Further sites will be fitted with pedestrian countdown timers next financial year.

The 2015-16 roll out of countdown timers included the following locations:

  • Victoria Square Perth (near Royal Perth Hospital)
  • Barry Marshall Parade, Murdoch (outside Fiona Stanley Hospital)
  • Great Eastern Highway, Midland (east of Helena Street)
  • Karrinyup Road westbound, Karrinyup (near Miles Street)
  • Karrinyup Road eastbound, Karrinyup (near Miles Street)
  • Wellington Street, Perth (outside Royal Perth Hospital)
  • Selby Street, Daglish (near Clubb Avenue)
  • Main Street, Osborne Park (near Royal Street)
  • Labouchere Road, South Perth (near Charles Street)
  • Railway Road, Karrakatta (near the cemetery entrance)
  • Cambridge Street, Leederville (near Northwood Street)
  • Albany Highway, Victoria Park (near King George Street)

More information is available from the Main Roads WA website at <https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/tcmp>.

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