Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

IT’S wel­come news that Ho­bart’s new Lord Mayor wants to in­crease times for pedes­tri­ans to cross at traf­fic lights (“Time to boost Ho­bart walks”, Mer­cury, Novem­ber 10).

Try­ing to cross over to Franklin Square at the cor­ner of El­iz­a­beth and Mac­quarie streets is a night­mare. I’ve lost count of the num­ber of buses I’ve missed, stuck at the lights while watch­ing an end­less stream of cars which are priv­i­leged over the poor, hap­less pedes­tri­ans.

Re­cently I timed the lights at 5pm when so many city work­ers are head­ing home. There were six sec­onds for the green pedes­trian light, nine sec­onds on flash­ing red and ap­prox­i­mately a minute and a half be­fore the next green pedes­trian light came on.

It’s so frus­trat­ing to be stand­ing idle at the kerb, only to see your bus de­part­ing at Franklin Square and know you might have at least a 30-minute wait be­fore your next bus ar­rives.

It’s no won­der I see so many peo­ple risk­ing life and limb by dash­ing across the in­ter­sec­tion against a red light.

If we’re sup­posed to use bus trans­port more of­ten to re­lieve traf­fic con­ges­tion in the city, at least make lights at this in­ter­sec­tion more pedes­tri­an­friendly so we don’t miss the bus! Wendy Pear­son Sandy Bay

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