Your chance to recommend pedestrian crossings where shorter wait times are needed

TfL’s signals engineers are again inviting London Living Streets to send in lists of signalised pedestrian crossings that need wait times reduced. This is part of TfL’s Signal Timing Review Programme. 

In the first half of 2019-20, TfL reviewed 606 signals, including half the crossings that London Living Streets nominated. At 225 of these crossings, this has saved pedestrians a total of 1,256 hours a day (number of minutes of reduced wait time over 24 hours x number of people using the crossing).

Crossings nominated by London Living Street members where TfL has delivered positive results include:

  • Commercial Street by Wentworth Street – wait times halved over the last 12 months.
  • East Finchley Station, Barnet – wait times reduced by enabling near instant pedestrian stage response when a qualifying vehicle green period has expired. 
  • Clifford Roundabout, Lewisham – wait times reduced from around 60 to 30 seconds.

Other locations such as Little Ben in Victoria, Great Cambridge Road, Chiswick High Road and Shooter Hill Road have all seen wait times reduce due to our nominations. 

If you have any candidate crossings, please send your suggestions to by Friday 10 January 2020.

More on London Living Street’s crossing campaign is available here.

Central London Walking Network conference report

St Martin’s Lane reimagined as part of a Central London Walking Network

“The zeitgeist is changing. The politics of the street are changing. People are asking how we want to live.”

Nicholas Boys Smith, Create Streets

This was Boys Smith, one of the chairs at the Central London Walking Network conference on 28 November, responding to the energy, ideas and enthusiasm in the room. The event, organised with Urban Design Group, was a turning point in London Living Street’s campaign for a dense web of walking routes connecting major destinations in Central London.

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Improving main roads in London

Improvements on Lea Bridge Road introduced alongside the introduction of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods in Waltham Forest. Image: Paul Gasson @AnalogPuss

by Robert Molteno and Jeremy Leach, London Living Streets

For a number of years, ‘smoothing traffic flow’ was at the heart of roads transport policy in London. This policy of facilitating journeys by motor vehicle infected everything – and negatively from the point of view of Londoners wanting to walk short trips, or cycle, or have clean air. 30mph and higher speed limits were largely unquestioned; pedestrian crossing timings were geared to keeping motor vehicles moving; signalised pedestrian crossings were removed; and roads capacity was increased, for example by adding more lanes, narrowing pavements or building wide turning radii at intersections.

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Council policies to decarbonise London’s road transport

Lea Bridge Road: Waltham Forest giving more space to low-carbon, healthy forms of transport

by Jeremy Leach, Paul Gasson, Robert Molteno and Emma Griffin

In response to public alarm over climate change, nearly two thirds of London councils had declared a climate emergency by October 2019. While it is relatively straightforward for a council to declare an emergency, it is far more challenging to commit to specific interventions that will deliver big cuts in carbon emissions.

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Introducing the Central London Walking Network

By David Harrison, vice-chair, London Living Streets

Remember the tube strike in 2017? Full buses and angry and bewildered passengers in long queues at bus stops. I don’t blame them, but many seemed unaware that they could have easily walked to their destination.

Important locations in Central London are often separated by just a short walk. Consider the area round Covent Garden: it’s a 15-minute walk for commuters from Waterloo Station to Covent Garden; about the same for culture vultures to get from the National Gallery to the British Museum along St Martin’s Lane. Continue reading “Introducing the Central London Walking Network”