The world’s first traffic light installed in London looked like a railway signal, it was quite different from the traffic lights of today.
Today it is very difficult to walk in cities without traffic lights. These lights not only smoothen the traffic but also make the work of common citizens and police easier. Today, automatic traffic lights are installed at every intersection. It would be interesting to know where in the world the traffic light was installed for the first time? When and in which city did traffic lights start being used for the first time? Come, let us know each and every fact which anyone should know.
John Peake Knight (JP Knight) was an officer in the British Railways. In those times, there was neither congestion on the roads like today nor the number of trains like today. But, as a railway officer, Knight discussed this and suggested that a railway system should be adopted for safe operation of trains. It was accepted.
That’s why lights like railway signals were installed
At that time, stop and go signals were given through a board on the poles during the day on the railway tracks. Red and green lights were used for this work at night. Gas lamps were installed for this lighting. To conduct this operation, a police officer was deployed near every pillar. Railway officials were excited with the success of this experiment. Then it was decided to install it in the urban area.
The world’s first traffic signal was installed in London on 10 December 1868. It was installed in the Westminster area at the Bridge Street and Great George Street crossing, near the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge. This continued for a few days. The old formula of Railways was applied here.
One day there was an explosion due to leakage in a gas lamp and a police officer died tragically on the spot. After that the journey of its development started and gradually its present form emerged.
The most hi-tech light installed in Ohio
The modern traffic light was first installed in Ohio, USA in 1914. Which ran on electricity. Its development also took place in several stages. Earlier it was switched on and off with a switch. Then with the help of development and research the present form emerged. Credit goes to electric traffic lights. On the account of Michigan police officer William. After this, many improvements kept happening in it.
Earlier only red and green colors were used. Yellow light started after many years. In the year 1925, modern traffic lights started being installed in London.
Where was the first traffic light installed in India?
The first traffic light in India was established in Chennai in the year 1953. A few years later it was installed in Bengaluru. Later it passed through other cities and now the traffic lights do not surprise anyone. This journey of development of traffic signals has now progressed a lot and Kota city of Rajasthan has become traffic signal free.
We can also understand its three colors. Red color indicates stop. Green color indicates movement and yellow color indicates warning.
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