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Pedestrian crossings

We don't take requests for new pedestrian crossings. We base where we place our pedestrian crossings on road safety and where there has been personal injuries. You can, however, tell us if you have a road safety concern.

Types of pedestrian crossing

Pelican Crossing

This is a signal controlled crossing for pedestrians only with pedestrian signals on the far side of the road.

How to use:

  • When the crossing rests on green to traffic and red man to pedestrians, to use the crossing, press the button. This will light the panel telling you to “WAIT”. Photo of pelican crossing
  • When the green man shows, check all traffic has stopped and start to cross.
  • At single crossings a bleeper will sound whilst the steady green man is shown.
  • When the green man signal begins to flash, do not start to cross but if already crossing then continue to do so.
  • Traffic is shown a flashing amber signal whilst pedestrians are shown the flashing green man. The flashing amber signal means that traffic must give way to pedestrians completing their crossing but may pull away if the crossing is clear. The crossing then returns to the green signal to traffic and the red man signal for pedestrians.

Please be aware if the crossing is straight across the road then it is a single crossing even if there is a central island and you should cross in one movement. If the crossing is staggered either side of a central island then it is two separate crossings and you should press the button again on the island to complete the crossing. At staggered crossings bleepers are not provided, instead a rotating tactile cone turns when the steady green man shows.

Puffin Crossing

This is a signal controlled crossing for pedestrians only with pedestrian signals on the near side of thePhoto of puffin crossing road.

How to use:

  • When the crossing rests on green to traffic and red man to pedestrians, to use the crossing press the button. This will light the panel and you should then wait for the green man signal.
  • When the green man shows, check all traffic has stopped and start to cross. At single crossings a bleeper will sound whilst the green man is shown.
  • The green man is immediately followed by the red man signal. Do not start to cross if the red man is showing.
  • The crossing is provided with pedestrian on crossing detectors which will extend the clearance time for you to cross to the far side and hold traffic on a red signal. When the crossing is clear, traffic is shown the red and amber together followed by the green signal.
  • This type of crossing also detects pedestrians waiting to cross. If a pedestrian presses the button but then walks away their demand is cancelled and the button light goes out. Drivers benefit by avoiding having to stop unnecessarily.

Please note if the crossing is straight across the road then it is a single crossing even if there is a central island and you should cross in one movement. If the crossing is staggered either side of a central island then it is two separate crossings and you should press the button again on the island to complete the crossing. At staggered crossings bleepers are not provided, instead a rotating tactile cone turns when the green man shows.

Toucan crossing

This is a signal controlled crossing for both pedestrians and cyclists. The footway at either end of thePhoto of toucan crossing crossing can therefore be used by cyclists.

The pedestrian and cycle signals may be either on the near side of the road or the far side. If on the near side the operation is similar to the puffin crossing and has the same signal sequence. If on the far side the green man is followed by a blackout period when neither green or red man/ cycle are shown. If already crossing, then continue to do so but do not start to cross when the blackout or red man is shown.

All toucan crossings are provided with pedestrian/ cyclist on crossing detectors which will extend the clearance time for you to cross to the far side and hold traffic on a red signal.

When the crossing is clear, traffic is shown the red and amber followed by the green signal.

If nearside signals are used then kerbside pedestrian/ cyclist detection may also be provided to cancel their demand if no longer needed in a similar manner to the Puffin.

Please note if the crossing is straight across the road then it is a single crossing even if there is a central island and you should cross in one movement. If the crossing is staggered either side of a central island then it is two separate crossings and you should press the button again on the island to complete the crossing. At staggered crossings bleepers are not provided. Instead a rotating tactile cone turns when the green man shows.

 

Traffic Signal Junctions

Pedestrian crossings may also be incorporated into traffic signal junctions. The crossings may be of the Puffin or Toucan type and have either far side or nearside pedestrian signals. They may also be for pedestrians only with far side signals and use the blackout period. Bleepers are not used at junctions, only tactile cones.

 

Zebra Crossing

This is a non-signal controlled crossing for pedestrians only. The crossing has black and whitePhoto of zebra crossing zebra  stripe road markings and flashing orange Belisha beacons on either side and on any central island. Drivers must give way to pedestrians who wish to cross. You should check traffic has stopped before starting to cross. Traffic should only pull away when the crossing is clear.

Please note if the crossing is straight across the road with no central island then it is a single crossing. If there is a central island it is two separate crossings and you should treat it accordingly and check traffic has stopped before using the second part. Where there is a central island drivers need only give way to pedestrians on their side of the road and can pull away if their side is clear even if pedestrians are still completing their crossing on the other side.

School Crossing Patrols (SCPs)Traffic sign: STOP children crossing

SCPs help children and adults cross the road safely on their way to and from school. Section 26 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 permits us to provide patrols. Find further information on the School crossing service page.