Audible ‘beeping’ has been removed at traffic lights across Boston – along with some safety barriers – in line with national guidance and to improve safety at the crossings, according to the county council.
Readers contacted The Standard following the recent improvements to lights, noting that there were now only three sets in the town centre that had any audible sound.
Arthur Elsam wrote to the paper and borough and county councils to say: “Can anyone at either council explain why, in this age of disability laws for access and amenities, with all the recent work they have done in Boston with traffic lights and pedestrian crossings there are only three old sets left that have any audible sound for the blind and visually impaired?”
In response to ‘similar feedback’ Lincolnshire County Council’s traffic signals manager Tim Clark said the council had removed the beeping at the Wide Bargate /Tawney Street junction in line with national guidance.
He said: “This is due to there being two sets of lights in close proximity to each other, the other being on the Wide Bargate dual pedestrian crossing, which can operate at different times.
“This can cause visually impaired pedestrians to cross when it is unsafe to do so should they mistakenly think the ‘beeping’ they hear relates to their crossing.”
He pointed to a ‘small tactile cone which spins when the green man is illuminated’ on the underside of the button unit.
He added: “In response to similar feedback received we will shortly be adding additional red/green man displays at a higher level on the busier crossings to assist all users.”
He said there was also a move nationally to ‘remove excessive guard rails’ which ‘can restrict movement and cause congestion’.
He added: “It creates a more pleasant environment and improves visibility between traffic and pedestrians especially for small children.”
He said that a safety audit raised no safety concerns with the removal of the barriers in Boston.