Following work to automate twenty sets of traffic lights in our city centre, removing the need to push the button to prompt the green man; this initiative continues, with adjustments made at even more locations.
Altering the lights in this way will ease pedestrian movement in busy areas and ensure there is no need to touch equipment to cross the road.
These changes form part of the council's Spaces for People programme which provides additional space for physical distancing in public places, to protect health and suppress a resurgence of COVID-19.
The automated traffic lights will also where appropriate, be set to either minimise pedestrian waiting time or increase the duration the green man is displayed; with both adjustments made where possible.
Signage to let pedestrians know of the change has been affixed to street furniture at relevant crossings, and where tactile cones are installed, these remain in operation to assist the visually impaired.
Supported by £3.5m funding from the Scottish Government, administered by Sustrans Scotland; the council's Spaces for People programme will see the introduction of temporary travel infrastructure in our city centre, across city neighbourhoods and on active travel routes. Footways will be widened at pinch points and also to create easier accessto community facilities and public transport hubs. Temporary strategic cycling routes are also being considered, which will highlight cycling as an attractive, viable commuting choice.
Automated Lights - Latest Locations
The council is also looking at locations in the city centre where the green man becomes the default setting, giving pedestrians priority over road traffic at light controlled crossings. This follows a successful trial at the junction of Queen Street and Argyle Street.
Vehicles will still be able to travel through these junctions when the lights indicate they can proceed.
Councillor Anna Richardson, City Convener for Sustainability and Carbon Reduction, said; "Being able to cross the road more easily, and without the worry of being unable to maintain physical distancing is essential to increase public confidence as lockdown restrictions ease. Changing how traffic lights operate at some of our busiest junctions is an important step to minimise crowding on pavements and prioritise walking as a safe way to move around the city."
Update (Additional Locations) - March 2021
|West Nile Street / Gordon Street|
|St Vincent Street / West Nile Street|
|West George Street /West Nile Street|
|West Regent Street/ West Nile Street|
|Cathedral Street/ Buchanan Street|
|Bath Street / W Nile Street|
|Sauchiehall Street/ W Nile Street|
|Cowcaddens / Port Dundas|
|Dobbies Loan/ Kyle Street|
|Cathedral Street / Montrose Street|
|Dumbreck / M77(S)|
|Dumbreck / M77(N)|
|Dumbreck / Mosspark|
|Paisley Road West / Tweedsmuir|
|Argyle Street/ Union Street|
|Cowcaddens / Caledonian Uni|