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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 crossings

Photo of pelican crossingThese are controlled by the pushing a button which prompts the red man to light up. This indicates to WAIT and not to cross yet. The traffic lights will show a steady red light, meaning drivers must stop. The green man will then light for pedestrians and they should, having checked that it is safe to do so and cross the road.

If the green man begins to flash pedestrians should not start to cross although there is still enough time for those on the crossing to finish their journey safely. At all Pelican crossings (apart from staggered crossings) there is a bleeping sound to indicate to the visibility impaired when the steady green man is lit.

Photo of toucan crossingToucan crossings

These are designed for both pedestrians and cyclists and are typically used adjacent to a cycle-path (cyclists are not allowed to cross the road using Zebra, Pelican or Puffin crossings). There is a green cycle symbol alongside the green man.

Some Toucan crossings have on-crossing detectors in the same way as Puffin crossings.


Photo of zebra crossingZebra crossings

These are marked by black and white painted strips across the road and flashing amber beacons. The Highway Code says that motorists "MUST give way when someone has moved onto a crossing". However, pedestrians should remain on the kerbside for safety's sake until approaching vehicles have stopped.

Puffin crossings

Photo of puffin crossingOn puffing crossings, the red and green figures are above the control box on your side of the road, rather than next to the traffic lights as on a pelican crossing. Puffin crossings have a built-in detector system which "sees" that you are waiting to cross and will change the traffic lights to a red light indicating to drivers to stop and allows you to stop.

It has reduced delays to motor vehicles, and improved crossing conditions for elderly and disabled persons by automatically varying the crossing times. If you are a mum with a buggy and another small child in tow and need a little bit longer to cross, the detector knows this and holds the traffic lights at red until you reach the other side safely. This means that drivers are stopped for a shorter time if a pedestrian crosses quite quickly, and that slower pedestrians are given more time to cross.

Don't be put off by the fact that you can't see the green man ahead of you as you cross. The puffin has its eye on you and will give you time to reach the other pavement safely.

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.