New look for automated pedestrian crossings in NSW
07 August, 2020

New durable plastic covers for automated pedestrian crossings

The automation of pedestrian signal crossings remains active in the Sydney CBD and at key intersections in the immediate vicinity of key health precincts listed below to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus in the community.

The pedestrian crossings at these active sites are automated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. At selected temporary COVID-19 assessment clinics, pedestrian crossings are automated between the hours of 6am to 10pm daily, to closer align with the clinic’s daytime operating hours.

Pedestrians no longer need to push the ‘call’ button to activate the pedestrian signal crossing at these sites as it will be called automatically. This allows pedestrians to continue to cross the road safely while limiting contact with high-touch surfaces.

From 8 August, new-look and more durable semi-permanent plastic hard covers will be installed on the push buttons of active sites to help pedestrians clearly identify where the automation is in effect.

Transport for NSW continues to work closely with NSW Health in monitoring and maintaining this targeted initiative in locations where it has been identified to be most effective in protecting those who are most vulnerable including essential frontline staff, as well as patients and members of the community visiting a hospital or clinic.

Transport for NSW has taken a targeted approach by implementing this public health measure where pedestrian activity for access to health services is high and it would be most effective in limiting the spread of Coronavirus.

Any further expansion of the initiative would be limited to additional health precincts only, while also taking into consideration impacts on road safety, traffic and transport operations, including public transport and freight, and community amenity.

This initiative was first rolled out on Monday 23 March across the Sydney CBD and Pyrmont (see area map (pdf 531KB)). The expansion into health precincts began on Saturday 28 March in Randwick at the Sydney Children’s Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital.

Transport for NSW continues to work with NSW Health in reviewing the benefits of these implemented measures and balancing the needs of the community.

For the full location list and operation times visit

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