Types of crossings are operated in different ways. Each crossing is explained below, along with how to navigate these.

Zebra crossings:

zebra crossings





Look out for pedestrians that are waiting to cross, they have priority. Prepare to stop or slow down to let them cross. As pedestrians have the right of way, you must give way to those that are already on the crossing. If conditions are icy or wet, leave more time to allow yourself to stop or slow down. Do not wave individuals across as this can be dangerous if another vehicle is approaching on the other side, simply stop and wait. Look out for any pedestrians who have not yet reached the crossing but decide to cross just before.

Pedestrians should give traffic plenty of time to see them and to stop before you begin to cross. Wait until traffic has stopped from both directions or the road is clear before crossing it. Traffic does not have to stop until pedestrians are on the crossing. Keep looking both ways in case a vehicle has not seen you.

Signal-controlled crossings:

The crossings are signal-controlled crossing’s, a flashing amber light follows after the red stoplight. When there is a flashing amber light, you still need to give way to pedestrians on the crossing. If the amber light is flashing but there are no pedestrians present, you may move on. Give way to anyone still crossing after the signal for vehicles has changed to green. This applies to all crossings.

These are controlled by pedestrians as they will need to push a button to cross safely and stop traffic. When the red figure shows, do not cross it is not safe yet. When a steady green figure shows, still check traffic has stopped, but you can now cross. When the green figure flashes, you should not begin to cross, unless you are already on the crossing.

pelican signals

Toucan, puffin, and equestrian crossings:

These types of crossings are similar to pelican crossings, the difference is there is no flashing amber phase. The sequence for lights at these crossings is the same as those at traffic lights. If the signals are not working, proceed but with caution.

Toucan crossings are controlled by lights, they allow both pedestrians and cyclists to cross at the same time. The crossings are also operated by pedestrians and need a button to be pressed in order to work.


‘Staggered’ pelican or puffin crossings are when the crossings on each side of the central refuge are not in line with the other. They are classed as two separate crossings. Upon reaching the central island, you need to repress the button and wait for a steady green figure.

staggered crossings

Equestrian crossings are for horse riders. They have pavement barriers, wider crossing spaces, horse, and rider figures in the light panels and either two sets of controls (one higher), or just one higher control panel.


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