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Pedestrian Crossings

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the average cost of establishing a (a) pelican and (b) zebra crossing in Northern Ireland. (99453)

The chief executive of Roads Service (Dr. Malcolm McKibbin) has written to the hon. Lady.

Letter from Malcolm McKibbin, dated 6 November 2006:

You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question regarding the estimated costs of establishing (a) a zebra crossing and (b) a pelican crossing.

I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Roads Service.

By way of background, I should explain that the cost of installing pedestrian crossing facilities is dependant on a number of issues including; type of equipment being installed, width of road, distance to a source of electricity and need for alterations to existing infrastructure.

Taking these factors into account, the estimated cost of establishing zebra and pelican crossings are as follows:

Zebra crossing—£10k/£12k;

Pelican crossing—£23/£30k;

Pelican crossing in Belfast area—£28/£35k.

The cost of installing a pelican crossing in Belfast is potentially higher due to the need to integrate the crossing into the Belfast Urban Traffic Control System.