New traffic light system at Queensway junction to use AI technology

A new traffic light system using AI technology at the junction of Queensway, Europort Avenue and Reclamation Road will become operational as from midnight tonight.

This will introduce detectors to identify the difference between motor vehicles, bicycles and scooters at various points, changing priorities and staging how the junction operates.

Drivers and pedestrians are advised to be cautious until they adjust to the changes.

Works have been on-going in stages over the past few weeks to install the necessary traffic light infrastructure so as not to disrupt traffic flow.

The current system used various detectors to provide real time management of waiting times in line with demand and this will now be upgraded using AI Techology.

Low Level bicycle lights and Advance Stop Lines will also be introduced to guide bikes and scooters at the junction, giving them a slight head start before vehicles are allowed to set off. This is intended to minimise the risk of an accident.

The new system will revert to pedestrian and bicycle priority outside of peak hours, when no demands are present. It will also benefit from more modern LED lamps and a backup power supply to minimise disruption during power outages.

Pedestrian users will also see updated push buttons, which will include both tactile and audible aids for the visually impaired.

Minister for Transport Paul Balban said the system is used in many modern cities and allows bicycles and scooters to filter past stationary vehicles safely, by way of a segregated lane, whilst giving pedestrians priority when the pedestrian light turns green.