Hull pedestrian crossing to get 'countdown' timers

Countdown timers which show pedestrians exactly how long they have to cross the road are to be installed as an experiment on a road crossing in Hull.

The displays will be fitted on either side of the busy crossing between the Paragon Interchange and St Stephen's shopping mall in the city centre.

Graham Hall, from Hull City Council, said the timers would "reduce confusion and uncertainty" for pedestrians.

If successful, timers could be fitted at other road crossings, said Mr Hall.

"Unfortunately people have been ignoring the red man signals on the crossing and we hope the new countdown system will encourage pedestrians to take more care when crossing the road," he said.

"The system is already used in Europe and America and London has recently rolled out the system across the city following a successful trial," he said.

The experimental units will be installed on the crossing across Margaret Moxon Way on Ferensway on Sunday.

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