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Modernisation of pelican crossings

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Caroline Russell Caroline Russell Green

A constituent has written to me concerned about the safety of pelican crossings. Two pedestrians in London have been killed crossing these during the flashing green crossing phase in the past three years. I understand that there are 847 of these in London, with 167 on the Transport for London road network (TLRN). How will you make these crossings safer?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Department for Transport removed pelican crossings from their list of approved designs for signalised crossings in 2016.

The last pelican crossing to be installed on the Transport for London (TfL) Road Network was in January 2012. Some London boroughs continued to choose pelicans as the design for crossings on their roads, and the last new pelican site was installed in London in February 2015.

London has a legacy of pelican crossings which are gradually being replaced through various investment and modernisation programmes. TfL will be upgrading at least 40 in 2020/21, not including those that are part of wider TfL investment projects or borough schemes.

TfL takes a risk-based approach to the prioritisation of investment funding, and its Vision Zero policy places a high priority on improving locations on the road network where risk is highest.