§ Mr. David Porter
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what plans he has further to improve pedestrian safety at pedestrian crossings; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Atkins
My Department looks continually at ways of improving pedestrian safety at crossings. We are researching improved techniques for identifying sites where crossings would improve safety. In June we announced the trial of a new type of audible signal to help blind people using staggered pelican crossings. We are currently testing a new type of crossing incorporating pedestrian detectors which will improve the safety of those who need longer to cross, while minimising traffic delay. Initial responses from groups representing pedestrians and disabled people have been favourable.