Rainbow Signals

The annual Pride event in London, with its associated rally, has had official support from the London Assembly and the Mayor's office for years, and when it takes place streets are closed and a stage is erected in Trafalgar Square for thousands to gather, celebrate and raise the profile of LGBT issues.

Support comes in many forms, and in the past Transport for London has marked the event by running an open-top bus in the parade and flying a rainbow flag over its headquarters. In June 2016, TfL went a step further and did something highly unusual: they swapped the "green man" pedestrian signals at traffic lights all around Trafalgar Square for a series of LGBT symbols. The work was done for free by TfL's signals contractor Siemens.

Whatever your view on this unusual show of support, the result are several dozen traffic signals that are completely unique. Roads.org.uk took a trip to Trafalgar Square to see them during the temporary installation.

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Published2 July 2016

Last updated13 August 2018