RIP Diagonal Crossing

by on 17 August, 2016

By Satyajeet Marar 

We live in dark and scary times. Fanatics are blasting each other with bullets in the Middle East and the US presidential race is being contested by the prom king and prom queen of Douchebag High.


I for one, welcome our reptilian overlords.

It seems that every day, some new piece of sinister news reveals itself. For us Sydneysiders, today is indeed a dark day – and it’s an issue no one is yet talking about.

Diagonal crossing.

We’ve all been there – that 4-way crossing at the Woolworths intersection near Town Hall station. When the two pedestrian crossing lights turn on at the same time, you can kill two birds with one stone by crossing directly from one corner to the other – saving you the time of waiting to cross two streets and giving you that crucial extra bit of time to dip the Oporto fries you’re having for lunch in chili sauce.

Well, not any more.


*heavy, enraged breathing intensifies*

As part of this new light-rail tram-track business, you can no longer diagonally cross to get to where you need to go. There isn’t even any trackwork taking place in that wide open space where the pedestrians would scramble – meaning that this rule makes about as much sense as this picture –

black nats

Since this is both extremely inconvenient as well as nonsensical, is it any surprise that the government is behind it?

On the other hand, I’ve just been made aware that there might be a very functional reason to the closure of the pedestrian scramble/diagonal crossing, given the associated closure of George St.

From reddit user /u/SilverStar9192:

“Not that so much as the blindingly obvious fact (if you actually have been through the city recently), that George St is closed on the north (QVB) side. So it’s already more of a T intersection and not the same situation that applied for the scatter crossing previously. (Not saying that scatter crossings aren’t possible at T intersections – it’s used at Pitt and Market I believe, but the fact is that it’s totally different now.)

The less blindingly obvious part is that the other side of George St – Town Hall side – will be closed soon as well. So as a result it makes sense to use a normal crossing pattern to allow crossing of Park/Druitt St in a standard way instead of waiting for the scatter.”

Despite the use of logic here, I do think we must note what the end of the diagonal crossing truly represents – the death of something which has grown into a pseudo-tourist attraction, reminiscent of Times Square. The death of a cultural cornerstone of our society and our way of life. Is that, friends, not still a tragedy..?



Leave a Reply