Authors: C Greenwood Published: 07 Jun 2010


‘Scramble crossings’ for pedestrians at signal junctions are widely used in Japan and have been reintroduced in Canada and the United States as a way of prioritising pedestrian movement by stopping all traffic movement and allowing pedestrians to cross in every direction at the same time. Some examples exist in the UK but their use is not widespread. This paper focuses on the scramble, or diagonal, crossing scheme at Oxford Circus in Central London. This was designed by Atkins on behalf of The Crown Estate, Transport for London (TfL), Westminster City Council (WCC) and the New West End Company (NWEC) and was implemented by WCC and their provider West One and opened on 2nd November 2009 by the Mayor of London. The purpose of the paper is to identify some of the existing examples of scramble crossings and review the existing guidance on their application. The paper then describes the design process, the key features of the Oxford Circus scheme and concludes by suggesting potential future applications of scramble crossings in the UK.
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