This is the corner of Whitehall and Wingfield Streets in Footscray.
The traffic lights closest to the camera in these photos are basically for the pedestrian crossing, on the northern side of the intersection. But the southern side of the intersection includes a stop line, so that’s where the cars are meant to stop, well back from the traffic lights themselves. Potentially confusing, especially given the “Stop here on red signal” signs over on the lights.
But what’s really weird is that the lights for northbound traffic periodically switch to red, even when there are no pedestrians and no conflicting traffic around. I’ll be driving up there with M and a hatch full of fruit and vegetables from her weekly shop and we’ll have to stop, for no apparent reason.
This will be accompanied by mock cries of protest from me of “I don’t understand!” because I don’t.
It may be linked to cars turning right into Whitehall Street from Dynon Road, but that doesn’t really make any sense either, as there’s no reason to stop this traffic because of them.
Can anybody who’s seen this intersection explain how and why it works like this?
(If you’re wondering, I did enquire with VicRoads about the Bentleigh intersection that illogically starts the cars before the peds. At first they misinterpreted my email and thought I was referring to the right turn arrows. I clarified that, but haven’t heard back.)