Pedestrian traffic signals returned to normal operations

Brisbane City Council wishes to advise that pedestrian traffic signals have returned to normal operations. This means that people will need to bump the button when wanting to cross the road.

Earlier this year, pedestrian traffic signals within high demand areas were set to be automatically triggered 24/7 seven days a week to help prevent the transmission of coronavirus. This included the CBD, suburbs near the CBD, and areas around hospitals.

Our transport networks help connect people to where they need to go and move goods and services to ensure our economy thrives. Our focus is on keeping our city moving as businesses return to the CBD. It’s important that pedestrians and drivers are not unnecessarily held up during their travels, particularly during the morning and evening commutes. Limiting the hours that the automatic trigger for pedestrians is active also reduces disruption to residents living near pedestrian crossings of a night-time, with traffic signal noises only active during the daytime when required.

Normal operations have resumed in areas around hospitals.

As of 24 December 2020 normal traffic signal operations resumed in the following suburbs:

  • Fortitude Valley
  • South Bank
  • South Brisbane
  • Spring Hill

Automatic pedestrian traffic signals will remain on a 24/7 seven day a week basis in the following areas until further notice:

  • CBD

People are reminded to be COVID-safe and bump the button where possible and regularly wash their hands.

Council will continue to review locations with high pedestrian activity and will assess their suitability to receive automatic pedestrian signals.

For more information visit or call Council on 07 3403 8888.

Council is working closely with Queensland Health and the Australian Government and will continue to be guided by these agencies on all matters of public health.

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Date posted:
Last updated: 21 January 2021
Topics: coronavirus