Step-out safely at Cessnock’s countdown crossing

The safety of pedestrians in the Cessnock CBD has been boosted by the introduction of pedestrian countdown timers at two busy Vincent street intersections. 

The safety of pedestrians in the Cessnock CBD has been boosted by the introduction of pedestrian countdown timers at two busy Vincent street intersections.

Cessnock City Mayor, Councillor Bob Pynsent said people crossing Vincent street at the intersections of Cooper street and Hall street will notice the flashing red man has been replaced with a yellow timer.  

“Being able to clearly see how many seconds are left will help people to judge if it is safe to start crossing the road”.  

“These local intersections were two of the 29 locations across NSW selected for installation of the timers as part of a $1.5 million dollar program.  

“Cessnock was the only location in the Hunter region to receive funding for the crossing changes”, Cr Pynsent said. 

The intersections include:

  • a timer displaying the time left to cross before the red don’t walk signal appears; and
  • audio-tactile facilities at crossings for the visually impaired.  

This innovative road safety initiative creates a safer road environment for all road users by discouraging people from rushing to cross when the lights are about to change.  

Both intersections are scramble crossings which stop all vehicles and permit pedestrians to walk in all directions. This type of crossing makes pedestrian crossing convenient as well as safe.