This is an issue I have been pursuing on an on-going basis with the Transportation Department and I put the following question to the Manager at the most recent Dún Laoghaire Area Committee on Transportation (6th April 2010):
Removal of Flashing Amber Light on N11-Stillorgan Road
Question: Councillor B. Ward
“To ask the Manager if the amber flashing light can be removed from the sequence of the pedestrian crossing facility that is in place across the N11-Stillorgan Road midway between Priory Drive and Trees Road junctions. The crossing sequence is barely long enough for pedestrians to cross the road, and traffic is not giving way to pedestrians during the flashing amber phase since there are several other traffic signals in the immediate vicinity?”
This pedestrian crossing is in the process of being upgraded and when completed the flashing amber that traffic currently get will be removed. In the new sequence the pedestrian will get a “green man” and then an “amber man” and traffic will see a red light at this time. Then the pedestrian will get a “red man” and two seconds later traffic will receive a green light to proceed. The upgrade of the signal heads and the changes to the sequences is due to take place after Easter.
This is not a long-term solution, but I hope it will improve matters and I want to see how well it works before looking at other solutions. I hope, given the Manager’s answer, that this change will take place in the coming weeks.
Please feel free to contact me in the meantime if you have any issues or suggestions.