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What is a Puffin Crossing?

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.

How does the crossing affect drivers?

The puffin crossing has a standard traffic light sequence, but, unlike a pelican, it does not have a flashing amber stage. The advantages for drivers are:

  • If pedestrians cross quickly the lights will change back quickly

  • If a pedestrian presses the button but doesn’t cross, or crosses before the lights change, the traffic will not be stopped.

What do I do when I need to cross?

  • When the red man is showing you should not cross.
  • Press the button and wait near the push button box.
  • Watch the red man signal next to you.
  • When it changes to green, and you are sure traffic has stopped, walk straight across the road between the studs.

  • Keep looking and listening for traffic as you cross.
  • The lights will stay red for drivers until you get to the other side of the road.


Requests for new Puffin Crossings

If you would like to request a new facility please use our Pedestrian Crossing Request Form.

Report a Problem

To report a faulty Puffin Crossing please use our online contact form or contact us using the detail below.

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Contact Details

  • Name Street Lighting, Environmental Management
  • Address Lister Road Depot, Lister Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 8JW
  • Telephone 0300 555 2345
  • Out of Hours Telephone 0300 555 2345