HC Deb 16 July 1980 vol 988 c598W
Mr. Alexander

asked the Minister of Transport what time phases are set for pelican crossings; if the time phases vary according to the widths of the roads in question; and if, further to his reply to the hon. Member for Liverpool, Edge Hill (Mr. Alton) Official Report, 2 July, column 616, he will consider mounting an experiment to see if by extending the time phases allowed for crossing a three-lane highway he could encourage more children and elderly persons to use such crossings, bearing in mind that the current time limit barely gives time for elderly citizens of limited mobility to traverse 30 to 40 ft.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

The pelican crossing timing phases, details of which I am sending my hon. Friend in writing, vary according to the width of the road to be crossed, and take account of the slow walking pace of the elderly and disabled. Experiments already authorised include one to assess the benefits of an extension of the steady green phase.