Traffic lights to stay red for longer to assist pensioners

Traffic lights will stay red for longer to enable the UK's growing number of pensioners time to cross the road, the Telegraph reports.

The government is reviewing crossing times across the country. Credit: PA Wire

Transport minister Robert Goodwill said more crossing systems will in future include sensors so that the traffic lights stay red for longer if someone is taking a long time to cross the street.

Officials are also considering plans for Transport for London for a new type of crossing that detects how many people are waiting on the pavement in order to determine how long traffic needs to be stopped for. A Government source told the Telegraph:

“It is right that we look at how we can use better technology to make crossing safer - particularly for some elderly or vulnerable pedestrians who may welcome slightly more crossing time.”