Examination of Witness (Questions 80 -
WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2001
MR R WILLIAMS
80. Why should you stagger it?
(Mr Williams) It is getting a balance between the
traffic flow and the pedestrian provision. If it is staggered
then you can get more effective operation of a traffic signal
junction in the interests of the traffic.
81. I should like to hear the statistics to
back that theory up. All right, it is anecdotal, but take the
House of Commons response to the staggered crossing just outside
here in Millbank. I am not sure that they do not actually contribute
to a number of accidents because people, faced with all this railing
and everything else, almost inevitably try to dive across in between.
(Mr Williams) That was the point I was trying to put.
If the traffic flow is heavy enough, then people will be deterred
by that. If it is not heavy enough, then you are right.
82. If it is heavy enough it will stop and then
they walk in between anyway.
(Mr Williams) Yes; that as well.
Chairman: May I thank you very much for your