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The World’s First Automatic Road Traffic Signals – Westminster, London, 10 December 1868

What the Victorians did for us…

On 10 December 1868, the first set of traffic lights in the world were erected outside the UK’s Houses of Parliament in London.

To mark the day, here’s a fascinating newspaper story (published on 8 December 1868) that reports on the installation of the signals, as well as explaining why these new traffic signals were needed.

historical newspaper report on traffic lights
London Standard | 8 December 1868

 

 

historical newspaper report on traffic lights

 

 

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