Road safety motoring groups have welcomed the proposal to increase the green man crossing time for pedestrians in England.
Active Travel England (ATE), an executive agency of the Department for Transport, is considering a change from six to seven seconds at pedestrian crossings.
Gary Digva, founder of road safety campaigners Road Angel, believes this will not only help elderly people and those living with disabilities, but importantly also reduce the high numbers of pedestrian fatalities on UK roads.
Government data shows that each day almost one pedestrian was killed in a collision in Great Britain.
He said: “Over a period of six years an average of eight pedestrians are killed and a further 115 are seriously injured each week as a result of road collisions.
“The latest government data (2021) also shows that in Great Britain, 361 pedestrians were killed, 5,032 were seriously injured, and 11,261 were slightly injured in just one year.
“And on a global scale, the World Health Organisation reports that pedestrians involved in crashes accounted for 23% of all deaths across the world. It also found that for every kilometre travelled, people who are walking face a nine times higher risk of death compared to those in cars.
“Although there has been a big fall in pedestrian injuries and fatalities – between 2004 and 2021 there has been 46% less casualties – the numbers are still shockingly high.
“Introducing an increase of time at pedestrian crossings will give Brits more time to cross safely as well as putting less pressure on those unable to walk as fast.
“Some drivers can get annoyed at pedestrians who cross slower and are still walking across the road when the traffic light has turned green.
“Increasing the wait times for drivers at crossings may be seen as a pain for motorists, but we hope it will make those behind the wheel become more aware of their surroundings, and in turn, help to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities.”