Intersection’s new look

Innovation: The new illuminated tactiles at the pedestrian lights in Trafalgar. photograph liam durkin

PEDESTRIANS and drivers passing through Trafalgar at night may have noticed some bright new lights.

In a Gippsland first, Regional Roads Victoria has installed LED tactile technology at the Contingent Street intersection footpath to aid busy and distracted pedestrians, or people with low vision.

LED tactile paving is a ground surface treatment that changes colour between red and green with the traffic lights, providing a clear signal for pedestrians when it’s safe to cross the road.

It’s easier to see and will prevent pedestrians from walking into incoming traffic, or assist distracted or vision impaired pedestrians.

The project is funded by the state and federal government’s $245 million Road Safety Program which aims to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on roads.

Specifically, the LED tactile paving is part of the program’s Innovative Package which will install new innovative treatments at 70 locations across regional Victoria to improve delineation for motorists and pedestrians.

Contingent Street in Trafalgar was chosen for the program because many pedestrians, including school students, use it to access the train station across the road.

Baw Baw Shire Mayor Danny Goss welcomed the new addition.

“I’m a fan of anything that’s going to keep our community safe. With so many students using the busy Contingent Street crossing each day, I applaud the use of innovative technology to enhance safety for pedestrians and drivers in Trafalgar,” he said.