Friday 28 January 2011 6.34pm
Even the Green Man light is a recipe for incidents at this new intersection...
Because there are sets of traffic lights very close together (e.g. turning left from Walworth Road
to go down Newington Butts
towards Kennington), many drivers don't realise the second set of lights exist. Stepping out across the southern-most crossing after the green man appeared the other night, I was almost bowled over by a car that had just set off from the lights nearest Strata, as he'd not seen the second set of lights (obviously on red). This car was then followed by 5! other cars that were also completely oblivious. I'm predicting trouble..
The confusion for drivers does come from the fact that they're not expecting to have to stop at a set of traffic lights on red only having just set off from a green set, a couple of yards prior (more confusing because the second set is round a slight corner). They're also effectively stopping in the middle of an intersection (traffic coming from the northern roundabout could then join them at an odd angle while stopped for pedestrians).