§ Mr. David Atkinson
asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the time allowed for pedestrians to cross at pelican crossings.
§ Mrs. Chalker
Currently recommended times are set down in departmental standard TD/4/79. A copy is in the Library.
Two changes to the recommended timings for use in certain circumstances are under consideration which will benefit pedestrians. One is to keep the red signal showing to traffic for two seconds after the green walking man has started to flash, rather than as at present when the flashing amber signal showing to traffic starts immediately the green walking man starts to flash. The other is to increase by two seconds the duration of the period when the green walking man is shown steadily illuminated.