What is a staggered crossing?

Find out what a staggered crossing is and how to use one.

A pedestrian refuge ­is an “island” in the middle of the road that makes it safer for people to cross roads that are not fitted with pedestrian crossings.

Although this itself is not a type of pedestrian crossing, staggered crossings are and work on a similar basis.

Staggered crossings rules and how to use one

Here, pedestrians are required to cross the road in two stages, pushing a button to activate a signal that lets them cross to a large “island” in the centre of the road and then doing the same to use a second crossing that lets them get the rest of the way across the road.

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These staggered setups are usually found on carriageways with multiple lanes, where one side may be following a difference traffic light phase than the other. While they can combine pelican, puffin and toucan crossings, they should be treated as two separate crossings.

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