What is a Puffin crossing?

Find out what a Puffin crossing is and how to use one

Puffin crossings look and function in a similar way to Pelican crossings, but there are some key differences to be aware of. Pedestrians will still see a black and yellow box with a button on it, and drivers will see normal traffic lights, but puffin crossings do not have the green and red man mounted high up on the light pole.

Instead, the red and green man pedestrian crossing symbols are displayed on the yellow and black box above the crossing demand button.

Puffin crossings also use ‘smart’ traffic lights that incorporate sensors to detect pedestrians. This allows the crossing to monitor its users until they have safely crossed, all while it operates the traffic lights accordingly.

Puffin crossing rules and how to use one

Pedestrians

Push the button when you want to cross the road, and wait for the green man to appear on the black and yellow box. 

Once the green man illuminates, you are permitted to cross. The traffic lights will stay red for vehicles until the sensors detect that everyone is safely off of the road.

Drivers

While Pelican crossings utilise flashing amber signals for drivers, Puffin crossings do not. This means the traffic lights will instead go through the standard cycle of red, red and amber, then green. You must wait for a green light before setting off.

Pedestrian crossings explained

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