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Green is go for traffic light improvements

Published: 31 May 2018

Keeping the county moving

Did you know that there are about 625 sets of traffic lights in Surrey, ranging from simple pedestrian crossings to the Meadows roundabout near Camberley – one of the county's largest junctions?

Whether they're controlling junctions or helping pedestrians to cross the road, traffic lights are an essential part of our road network and operate 24/7 through all weathers. So it's essential they are maintained and each one is inspected every six months.

New traffic lights

Surrey County Council has a yearly replacement programme to ensure the county's traffic lights are doing the job. Fifty sets of lights are due to be replaced this financial year alone. The new traffic lights use LEDs which last longer and are more economical. Modern lights also have better technology to help with traffic flow.

New pedestrian crossings

Updated regulations also mean that pelican pedestrian crossings are being phased out. Pelican crossings have the flashing green man and flashing amber phase indicating that pedestrians can continue to cross or cars can go if the crossing is clear. Instead, an alternative type of crossing is being installed which has safety timings and detectors in place which can extend the crossing time if people are still on the road or cancel the crossing demand if the pedestrian changes their mind and walks away, which avoids unnecessary delays for drivers.

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