London’s ‘green woman’ pedestrian signals celebrate International Women’s Day

To celebrate the achievements and contributions of women to London on International Women’s Day, Transport for London (TfL) has installed new ‘green woman’ traffic signals at more than 20 pedestrian crossings across the city.

Key points:

  • New signals installed at more than 20 locations such as Exhibition Road, high streets including Tottenham and Clapham and by popular stations including King’s Cross St. Pancras and Brixton Tube station
  • The specially designed symbols veer away from the ‘common, narrow representations of women’
  • TfL is continuously working to encourage more women into transport and to support women’s progression into senior management roles

From today, Londoners can see the specially designed symbols at pedestrian crossings on high streets in Dalston, Tooting, Clapham, Brixton, Tottenham and Lewisham and by King’s Cross St. Pancras Tube station, as well as in Camden Town Centre, Hyde Park, the Southbank and along Exhibition Road in South Kensington (see full list below).

International Women’s Day signals are installed in Bow.

The designs are inspired by the theme for International Women’s Day this year to challenge norms, says TfL.

They depict a diverse range of women and challenge the common image of a woman in a dress to signify gender, adds TfL.

It says: “The reimagined symbols serve as a reminder of the huge contribution women make to all aspects of society, including the transport network, and improve the visibility of women on London’s streets.”

TfL green woman pedestrian lights replacing male figures for International Women’s Day. Cromwell Road, junction with Exhibition Road

The signals were produced for free by Siemens Mobility, who installed them alongside TfL’s partners, Telent and Cubic. The designs have been created in line with the safety features of the green man figure, ensuring pedestrians relying on the green signal to cross the road can still recognise the cue indicating it is safe to do so.

To ensure its workforce is representative of the diverse city that it serves, TfL is committed to inspiring more girls and women to consider a career in transport by actively encouraging more women applicants to its graduate schemes and apprenticeships. 

TfL is also supporting women’s progression into senior management roles by reviewing and improving the internal and external recruitment processes in place – such as the use of anonymised software to eliminate any unconscious bias – and focusing on career development opportunities and inclusive experiences in the workplace.

Felicity Luckett, TfL’s Asset Operations Performance Manager said: “We are excited to have created a set of new diverse green woman pedestrian crossings to mark International Women’s Day. It is important we commemorate the hard work, contributions and success of women across London every day and even more so on International Women’s Day. 

“We hope that by increasing the visibility of women with these signals in public and shared spaces, Londoners will be reminded of the huge contributions of women.”

The green woman traffic signals are installed at the following locations:

  • Junction of London Road and Sydenham Rise, London Borough of Lewisham
  • Molesworth Street, London Borough of Lewisham
  • Junction of Bermondsey Street, Crucifix Lane and St Thomas Street, London Borough of Southwark
  • Jamaica Road by Cathay Street, London Borough of Southwark
  • Camden Road by Kentish Town Road, London Borough of Camden
  • Junction of Euston Road, Judd Street and Midland Road, London Borough of Camden
  • Pedestrian crossing at Farringdon Road, Greville Street and CowCross Street, London Borough of Camden
  • Kingsland High Street by Ridley Road, London Borough of Hackney
  • Tottenham Town Centre, London Borough of Haringey
  • Junction of Archway Road, Muswell Hill Road, Southwood Lane, Wood Lane, London Borough of Haringey
  • Junction of Upper Street, Islington High Street, Liverpool Road, London Borough of Islington
  • Holloway Road in Seven Sisters, London Borough of Islington
  • Bow Road by Addington Road, by Arnold Road, London Borough of Newham
  • Woodford Avenue by Avery Gardens, by Gants Hill Crescent, London Borough of Redbridge
  • Mile End Road by Bardsey Place Whitechapel, London Borough of Tower Hamlets
  • Exhibition Road, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Earls Court Road, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • York Road by Mepham Street, London Borough of Lambeth
  • Brixton Road by Brixton Tube station, London Borough of Lambeth
  • Clapham High Street by Stonhouse Street, London Borough of Lambeth
  • Streatham High Road by Woodbourne Avenue, London Borough of Lambeth
  • Tooting High Street by Coverton Road, London Borough of Wandsworth
  • Hyde Park Corner by Constitution Hill, City of Westminster

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