Pedestrian signals automated at pop-up Coronavirus testing clinics

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Transport for NSW has today automated pedestrian crossings at selected temporary COVID-19 assessment clinics for the first time, as part of a program to automate pedestrian signals at key health precincts across the state.

Signals were automated today in the immediate vicinity of Bondi Beach, Windsor and Redfern temporary clinics between the hours of 6am to 10pm daily, to closely align with the clinic’s operating hours.

Transport for NSW is working closely with NSW Health to identify key health precincts where this targeted initiative would be most effective in protecting those who are most vulnerable including essential frontline staff, as well as patients and members of the community visiting a hospital or clinic.

“This means pedestrians no longer need to push the ‘call’ button to activate the pedestrian signal crossings while still being able to cross the road safely and access health services,” said Transport for NSW Chief Operations Officer, Howard Collins.

Automated pedestrian crossings were previously operating in the Sydney CBD during peak times. During the coronavirus outbreak, this was extended to operate 24/7 in the CBD, as well as major health precincts, where hospitals with emergency departments operate 24 hours.

“Transport for NSW has taken a targeted approach by implementing this public health measure where it would be most effective in limiting the spread of Coronavirus to the most vulnerable,” Mr Collins also said.

“As a consequence any further expansion of the initiative would be targeted to other key health precincts taking into consideration impacts on road safety, traffic and transport operations and community amenity.”

All current locations are available on the transport website:

https://transportnsw.info/news/2020/automated-pedestrian-crossings-expanded-in-nsw