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Automated pedestrian crossings in NSW

The automation of pedestrian signal crossings remains active in the Sydney CBD and at key intersections in the immediate vicinity of key health precincts to help limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.

The pedestrian signal crossings at activated sites are automated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At selected temporary COVID-19 clinics, nearby pedestrian crossings are automated between the hours of 6am and 10pm daily, to closer align with the clinic’s daytime operating hours. The locations where pedestrian signal automation is in effect are listed below.

Pedestrians do not need to push the ‘call’ button at these activated sites as the pedestrian crossing phase has been programmed to be called automatically. This allows pedestrians to continue to cross the road safely while limiting contact with high-touch surfaces.

Transport for NSW has taken a targeted approach by implementing this public health measure where pedestrian activity for access to health services is high and it would be most effective in limiting the spread of Coronavirus. Transport for NSW has also worked closely with NSW Health to identify locations where the automation would be most effective in protecting those who are more vulnerable including essential frontline staff, as well as patients and members of the community visiting a hospital or clinic.

Any further expansion of the initiative would be limited to additional health precincts only, while also taking into consideration impacts on road safety, traffic and transport operations, including public transport and freight, and community amenity.

This initiative was first rolled out on Monday 23 March 2020 across the Sydney CBD and Pyrmont. The expansion into health precincts began on Saturday 28 March 2020 in Randwick at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital.

As of 8 August 2020, new-look and more durable semi-permanent plastic hard covers have been installed over the push buttons at activated sites to help pedestrians clearly identify where the automation is in effect.

Transport for NSW continues to work closely with NSW Health in monitoring and maintaining this targeted initiative and will continue to review the benefits of these measures while balancing the needs of the community.

Automated pedestrian signal crossings are active in the following locations and health precincts:

Suburb Locations and health precincts Automated signal status


  • Blacktown Hospital
Active 24/7

Bondi Beach

  • Campbell Pde at Roscoe St
  • Campbell Pde at Curlewis St
  • Campbell Pde at Beach Rd
  • Campbell Pde at Hall St
  • Bondi Beach Pavilion pop-up COVID-19 assessment clinic
Active 6am-10pm daily


  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Active 24/7


  • Canterbury Rd at Thorncraft Parade / Charlotte St
  • The Canterbury Hospital
Active 24/7


  • St Vincent's Hospital
Active 24/7

Frenchs Forest

  • Frenchs Forest Rd West at Glady Ave
  • Warringah Rd at Hillmer St
  • Northern Beaches Hospital
Active 24/7


  • Macquarie St at Day St
  • Hawkesbury District Health Service, Clinical Labs Pathology COVID-19 assessment clinic
Active 6am-10pm daily


  • Nepean Hospital
Active 24/7


  • St George Hospital NSW
Active 24/7


  • Liverpool Hospital
Active 24/7


  • Sydney Children's Hospital
  • Prince of Wales Hospital
Active 24/7


  • Redfern St at Pitt St
  • Redfern Health Centre COVID-19 assessment clinic
Active 6am-10pm daily

St Leonards

  • Royal North Shore Hospital
Active 24/7
Sydney CBD & Pyrmont
  • Sydney Hospital
  • City of Sydney Local Government Area
Active 24/7


  • The Children's Hospital at Westmead
  • Westmead Hospital
Active 24/7
  • Crown St at Darling/Osborne St
  • Crown St at Staff St
  • Crown St at New Dapto Rd
  • Wollongong Hospital
Active 24/7

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