§ Mr. Sharples
asked the Minister of Transport if she will publish the criteria used by her Department in assessing the need for pedestrian crossings.
§ Mr. Carmichael
As announced on 10th January this year, the criteria for determining the need for a "zebra" crossing at a particular site have been relaxed to take account of the average traffic and pedestrian flows during the peak hours, instead of during the whole day. Other factors such as road width, visibility, presence of central islands and nearby traffic signals and the natural concentration of pedestrians at particular196W points on the road are also taken into account as hitherto.
The plans now being prepared to give local authorities greater discretion in the siting of pedestrian crossings on their own roads include giving them more detailed guidance as to the appropriate criteria for pedestrian crossings. It is hoped to put these plans into effect in the next month or so.