A JEW-friendly pedestrian crossing, which allows Jews to cross safely on the Sabbath, is opening at a busy London road junction.
The crossing system will be 'hands free' on the Sabbath after the local Jewish community pointed out that pressing a button would break religious laws prohibiting the use of electricity or operating machinery on the holy day.
The crossing is near a busy synagogue, and pressing a button to operate it is considered a breach of the strict rules that apply to Orthodox Jews.
Now, under the proposed system, from Friday to Saturday evenings traffic will be brought to a standstill every 90 seconds.
The decision to include automatic crossings was taken after leaders at the nearby Finchley United Synagogue explained their predicament to staff at Transport for London, which is responsible for maintaining main roads in the London.