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Pelican Crossings

Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Minister of Transport what representations he has received concerning the unsatisfactory nature of Pelican crossings ; how many people are known to have been killed or seriously injured on these crossings during the last full year for which figures are available ; and what is his policy for improving the safety of these crossings.

Pelican crossings help to bring down pedestrian casualty rates. In 1978, however, throughout Great Britain 26 pedestrians were killed and 262 seriously injured on these and other light-controlled crossings away from junctions. Following various representations, experiments are proposed to test whether slightly extended green phases for pedestrians, delays to the flashing amber signal to drivers or better audible signals would reduce accidents further.