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Road crossings that prioritise pedestrians coming to Barking and Dagenham

One of the traffic signals will be based in Gale Street (Credit: Google Maps)

New pedestrian crossings that show a ‘green person’ signal until traffic approaches are coming to Barking and Dagenham. 

The traffic signals are designed to encourage people to walk and make London’s transport network more green and sustainable. 

They will be installed in London Road, by James Street, and Gale Street, near Beacontree station, by the end of June. 

Transport for London’s ‘Green Person Authority’ initiative has already seen seven of the crossing set up across the capital. 

That includes one in Prince Regent Lane, near the Excel Centre, and two close to Devons Road DLR station in Tower Hamlets. 

A further 11 will be installed over the coming weeks, including the two in Barking and Dagenham. 

All of the locations have been chosen based on how many people walk through the area and their proximity to places such as shopping centres, train stations and schools. 

TfL data shows 57 per cent of Londoners go on more walks for exercise or walk for longer than they did before the coronavirus pandemic. 

“Walking has so many benefits – it doesn’t just enable us to get from A to B, but also improves our mental and physical health,” said Will Norman, London’s walking and cycling commissioner. 

“We know that safety is a key concern for people walking around London, and giving pedestrians priority is a powerful way of putting them first and making it easier to cross London’s roads.”

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