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We are responsible for the location and maintenance of pedestrian crossings in Dudley.

Every year we receive requests for zebra or light controlled crossings from residents. Each request is taken on its own merit. Many factors are taken into consideration in assessing the need for a crossing.

Factors we consider

  • the record of personal injury accidents, including those involving pedestrians
  • the volumes of vehicular and pedestrian traffic
  • the potential for conflict between pedestrians and vehicles
  • the difficulty that pedestrians face from traffic speed
  • the length of time pedestrians have to wait before they can cross
  • the location e.g. close to stations or schools
  • pedestrian routes used by children walking to school
  • locations that may be used in particular by the elderly or disabled
Possible sites are identified from accident records. A detailed study takes place to assess problems and possible solutions. If these studies show that a crossing could help we will provide a detailed plan. Please note that a pedestrian crossing does not always lower the accident rate on the road.

Types of crossings

Pelican crossings

Pelican Crossings are light controlled crossings. They have traffic lights for drivers and a red and green man for pedestrians.

Puffin crossings

Puffin Crossings are like pelican crossings, but they have detectors that can tell when people are waiting to cross. This is why you must stand by the push button box if the red man signal is showing. The detectors also 'watch' the crossing and control the light signals so that you have time to cross in safety.

Zebra crossings

Zebra Crossings are used on roads where there is a lower degree of vehicle and pedestrian conflict.

Toucan crossings

Toucan crossings are where pedestrians and cyclists share a wide crossing area. Cyclists can ride across and all users should avoid changing direction suddenly. Cyclists should keep their speed down and be prepared to give way to avoid possible conflicts.

Pedestrian refuges and islands

Where a formal pedestrian crossing is not justified these can help pedestrians by letting them cross the road in two stages.

Requests for new pedestrian crossings

The criteria for all pedestrian crossings are set down by the Department for Transport. They have strict rules which we must follow. Vehicle and pedestrian counts must be used to assess whether it is needed. This is used with any local factors that may need to be taken into consideration when making a decision.

If you would like to request a new facility please use our pedestrian crossing request form.

Reporting a problem with pedestrian crossings

To report a problem with a faulty pedestrian crossing please use our street lighting report form

Contact us

Telephone: 01384 815433

Road Safety and Travel Awareness
Traffic, Transportation & Engineering Services
Traffic Management & Road Safety
Dudley Council

4 Ednam Road