Road crossing countdown timers given the green light in Manchester

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is in the early phases of implementing a scheme which will make Manchester the second UK city after London to have crossings with countdown timers.

The countdown begins once the green man has gone off, counting down how much time is remaining to cross before the red man appears and lights turn green for traffic.

The first timer to be installed will be at the junction between Charles Street and Princess Street in the city centre.

Councillor Andrew Fender, Chair of the TfGM Committee said: “The plans have been shaped by feedback with the needs of all road users in mind and will ultimately create a better environment and future for everyone who works in, lives in or visits our city.

“The measures we are introducing as part of the bus priority package will combine to help to make Oxford Road an iconic area for the UK.”

In the coming months there will be new crossings positioned along Oxford Road at the junctions with Grafton Street, Dover Street, Booth Street, Grosvenor Street, Charles Street and Whitworth Street.

Further plans for Oxford Road will include new ‘Dutch-style’ cycle lanes, cycle bypass lanes at bus stops and a hackney carriage and emergency vehicle section between Hathersage Road and Grosvenor Street.

Image courtesy of TfGM with thanks.

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