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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,
us if you have a road safety concern.
Types of pedestrian crossing
These 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
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.
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.
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.
On 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)
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.