Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Alerts for the blind on traffic lights

I have received an enquiry from a gentleman who caught me in the street about the lack of any audible bleep on the 4 way traffic lights on Eastgate near Tesco Express/Esso petrol station. These lights have just been upgraded.

Linda Irving from LCC has just replied to my enquiry. She's been to look at the traffic lights at the junction at the top of Abbey Street. She says that there never are audibles on a junction because a blind person would never know which direction the audibles were coming from. Instead there are 'cones' on the box where we press the button that blind people are trained and know to use which indicate when it is safe to cross. The only time audibles are used are on independent traffic lights – not junction lights.