Manchester Road crossing upgraded

The zebra crossing on Manchester Road is to be upgraded
The zebra crossing on Manchester Road is to be upgraded

The zebra crossing on Manchester Road is to be upgraded to a toucan crossing.

The current crossing has proved to be ineffective given the volume and speed of traffic.

Westhoughton North councillor Bernadette Eckersley-Fallon, who has been campaigning for road safety improvements, said: “This is good news for children’s safety. Many parents are worried about their children using this crossing with the speed and volume of traffic.”

What is a toucan crossing?

A toucan crossing works in a similar way to a puffin crossing, using sensors to detect when there are people waiting to cross or already crossing the road.

The key difference is a toucan crossing means “two can” cross – both pedestrians and cyclists are allowed to use the crossing to get from one side of the road to the other.

An example of a toucan crossing
An example of a toucan crossing

Drivers should behave at toucan crossings in much the same way they would at pelican and puffin crossings.

Toucan crossings tend to be wider than pelican or puffin crossings in order to accommodate cyclists. They also feature an additional green signal for cyclists alongside the pedestrian one, although the two are synchronised with each other.

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