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Traffic signals and road crossings

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  • Are you aware of any traffic signals, pedestrian or cyclist crossings that are not working?
  • Are there unusual delays to drivers or pedestrians or is the time the lights are on green very short?

If so please report it using our online fault reporting form or tel: 0300 500 80 80.

There are approximately 202 sets of traffic signals at junctions in the county and 138 pedestrian, cycle and horse crossings.

Traffic signals are used to improve safety and traffic movement.  Along with road crossings, they can also help pedestrians and cyclists cross the road in safety.

Road crossings

There are several different types of light controlled and uncontrolled road crossings. To help assist partially sighted pedestrians, signal controlled crossings have red coloured paving slabs and uncontrolled crossings have buff coloured paving slabs.

Light-controlled crossings

Puffin, pelican, toucan and pegasus are all light controlled crossings, with dropped kerbs, red tactile paving and audible signals.

Pelican crossings use a standard set of traffic lights with a push button box and a red or green man to let you know when it is safe to cross.

Puffin crossings are like pelican crossings, but they have detectors that can tell when people are waiting to cross. The detectors also ‘watch’ the crossing and control the light signals so that you have time to cross in safety.

Toucan crossings are similar to pelican crossings except that cyclists as well as pedestrians are allowed to cross the road at this crossing.

Pegasus crossings are similar to any other light controlled crossing, but allow horse riders to cross the road safely. If the crossing is to be used by pedestrians and cyclists, a toucan crossing will be placed next to it.

Other crossings

Zebra crossings do not have lights in place to tell motorists to stop.  This means that pedestrians have to be more cautious when crossing. They are recognised by black and white stripes painted across the road.

School crossings are operated during school hours when children are being dropped off or collected from school. A lollipop man or lady carries a tall lollipop-shaped pole with a circular 'stop' sign which tells motorists to stop while the children cross. 

Reporting a problem

  • Are you aware of any traffic signals, pedestrian or cyclist crossings that are not working correctly?
  • Are there unusual delays to drivers or pedestrians or is the time the lights are on green very short?

If so, please report it using this online fault reporting form or contact us.

We will investigate the problem and if it is a fault with an existing installation it will be put right as quickly as possible.

If it is a request for an alteration to an existing signal, the effect on other users of the junction will have to be considered.

A request for a new set of traffic lights will be assessed to see whether traffic lights are the best answer to the problem. Many things will need be considered and investigated before a decision can be made. The same applies for a request for a new pedestrian crossing.

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