TfL Ref: 0892-1718
Thank you for your request received by Transport for London (TfL) on 15 July 2017 asking for information about traffic light control at the weak bridge in the Camberwell Grove area.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy. I can confirm that we hold some of the information you require.
The traffic lights at Camberwell Grove/McNeil Road are permanent traffic signals. Transport for London has no knowledge of any current plans to amend these signals. The highway authority for these roads, the London Borough of Southwark,would be responsible for proposing any layout changes to the junction.
The Greater London Authority Act 1999 designates Transport for London as the traffic authority for traffic signals in London. Transport for London are responsible for the installation, maintenance and operation of all traffic signals on TfL and Borough roads in London. The borough (Southwark), as the highway authority, are responsible for junction layout and any associated Traffic Regulation Orders. Traffic Orders would have been needed for the weight restriction order in this vicinity but not for the traffic signal installation, though this was nonetheless installed in line with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.
The traffic signals were installed and timings, including green man time, set in line with DfT guidance. The green man is a signal for pedestrians meaning “Cross With Care” and provides an Invitation to Cross, meaning that pedestrians may start to cross the carriageway at any time the green man is showing. However this is not the total crossing time. When a pedestrian phase is changing from showing a green man to showing a red man there is a blackout period, when neither the green man nor the red man is showing. Following the blackout period there is a period when a red man is showing to pedestrians and the red signal continues to be shown to vehicles. The combination of the blackout period and the all red period is designed to ensure that a pedestrian who has stepped off of the kerb just as the green man goes out, has sufficient time to cross the carriageway before vehicular traffic is allowed to proceed.
It is not a legal requirement to provide pedestrian facilities at traffic signal junctions. As stated above, the decision to provide them or not rests with the Borough. If you would like them to consider promoting and funding pedestrian facilities across McNeil Road then the LB Southwark should be contacted directly: https://www.southwark.gov.uk.
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