Oxford Circus in London has just opened its new scramble crossing. The Brits seem suitably amazed by the whole concept.
[Mayor of London, Boris] Johnson said the crossing, controlled by traffic lights, was “a triumph for British engineering, Japanese innovation and good old fashioned common sense”.
While it beats me how they spent 5 million pounds on it, perhaps it’s time Melbourne looked at putting in more of these. As I noted in June, at present we’ve only got one, Elizabeth Street and Flinders Street.
I can think of a few other spots that could benefit, including Spencer Street at Collins and at Bourke, Swanston and Latrobe, and maybe even Swanston and Flinders.
Curiously, when I lived there in 2003-2005, the corner of Murrumbeena Road and Neerim Road in Murrumbeena would occasionally kick into a phase which halted all traffic and allowed pedestrians to cross both N-S and E-W. From memory it was related to the nearby railway crossing. I haven’t been back there recently to look.