Automated pedestrian crossings in NSW
The automation of pedestrian signal crossings remains active in the Sydney CBD centre 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This initiative was first rolled out on in March 2020 to help limit the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.
Since August 2020 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.
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 it would be most effective in limiting the spread of Coronavirus.
As restrictions have lifted across the State and the number of COVID-19 cases continues to reduce in the community, the automation of pedestrian signal crossings at health precincts has since been removed as of May 2022.
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.
Transport for NSW is investigating opportunities to remove the hard-covers from the push buttons but maintain the automation of pedestrian signal crossings during day time hours.