Crossing Points Again

Pat’s irritated by the new crossing points that seem to be sprouting up all over the east end of Greenwich. She says

“I mentioned recently the new crossing points on Woolwich Road and have since noticed more on the Charlton side of the tracks. I now see that they have sprouted what appears to be solar panels! Can this be right? I might be showing my lack of green credentials here but I would have thought that the amount of expenditure to create dropped pavements, build island structures and erect signage would far outway any benefit gained by a few small panels at any time in the near (or distant) future.

Or maybe someone can put me right and tell me they are disguised speed cameras or mobile phone masts, perhaps they are monitering for alien contact!”

I don’t think that speed cameras are allowed to be disguised. I’m sure I remember the car lobby finding some way of not only getting them not disguised but actually making them obvious – which is why they all wear yellow jackets. Not sure how they wangled that one but I confess to using the loophole myself from time to time. All car drivers know where speed cameras are and adjust their driving accordingly. Frankly, in my humble, the only speed cameras that really work are those average-speed jobs – they’re scary. Oh – and the cameras in the Limehouse link which mean that traffic crawls through it at 30 mph.

So no, I don’t think that it’s speed cameras, and the alien contact is out. We already have Glenister Green for that. So I have no idea what the solar panels are for. Do they have LED lights?

Hmm. The expense. I guess it comes out of the roads budget and I guess if it makes walking a bit safer so we have more pedestrians then it could be argued that getting people out of cars is saving the planet. It’s a feeble guess, I know. Anyone got any other thoughts?

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