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Thanks for highlighting this. I have written to TfL last week to no avail. There are dozens of kids that cross here from St Agnes Primary nearby to get the bus stops and this crossing is now a pedestrian accident waiting to happen. The crossing further up, near the registry office, is equally as bad. Not everyone is as patient as you or I. Let's hope TfL notice your blog...
A "Countdown" timer saying how long left to wait would help by the sounds of things, I don't know why we don't experiment and try this. I know some crossing (eg Tower Bridge Road/Tooley Street) they have tried ones that show time left to cross. I think knowing time to wait is equally as valuable
Aren't pedestrian crossings meant to give way to pedestrians after a maximum wait of 30 seconds?

Clearly 2 minutes will result in people, especially children, risking crossing in traffic believing the crossing is broken.
Report it to TfL fault control:

On the signal controller should be a number xx/xxx - the Borough and site reference which would be useful for the operator to know, to ensure that they have the correct site.
I think there is an intentional trend away from pedestrian priority, the two nearest sets of traffic lights to where I live near Limehouse Station (at the intersections with Branch Road/Yorkshire Road and Whitehorse Road/Butcher Row seem as well as lights in Shadwell at the intersection with Glamis Road all seem to often only trigger the green man if the pedestrian button has been pushed early enough after the last sequence. If not, you have to wait for another full traffic sequence before getting the green man. This has had dangerous consequences for regular pedestrians who may see the lights change but not anticipate the lack of a green man and instead extra time given to through traffic. We've already had some traumatic near misses with young kids in tow and now are always on the defensive.
It would seem the ped xing controller is software-linked to that at the next intersection, meaning they run at the same cycle length (probably 120 seconds). To overcome the problem you describe there are two fixes: (1) unlink the two controllers so the ped xing can respond to demand relatively instantaneously or (2) install motor vehicle detectors downstream of the intersection that "tell" the ped xing that no or few cars are coming and then the ped xing can run.

For pedestrians, No.1 above is obviously the preferred option as it minimised waiting times.

It is also possible to run hybrid operations e.g. No.(1) in the peak periods and No.(2) in the off-peaks. Of course, the term "peak" is a bias towards motorised traffic flow, as if pedestrians travelling in the peak don't count unless there is a large number of them.
The same happened to the crossing outside Queen Mary University just past the canal. It has definitely been tweaked and takes ages to change for pedestrians.
Someone came back and tweaked the lights.
Last week 1 minute 20 seconds.
Today 20 seconds.
Result :)

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