Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced the switching on of two new controlled pedestrian crossings at Skeoge Road and Maydown Road, Derry along with a reduced speed limit to 40 mph on the Maydown Road.
Minister Mallon said:
“These crossings and reduced speed limit will improve road safety for pedestrians, and in particular vulnerable road users such as, children, the elderly and those with a disability. The location is a popular crossing point, on this busy road, for people accessing local shops and services so I am confident it will be welcome news for the local community and visitors alike.
“The Maydown Toucan crossing, which will help school children safely cross 4 lanes to a bus pick up, will form part of a planned new cycle route currently being developed at Strathfoyle and will help encourage more walking and cycling in the area.”
The signal controlled crossings are both Toucan type crossings for use by pedestrians and cyclists.
Notes to editors:
- Toucan crossings are incorporated into cycle routes. They are a new type of controlled pedestrian crossing that differs from the traditional Pelican crossings by having:
- Red / green - person & cycle crossing indication located in the push button beside the pedestrian rather than on the opposite carriageway
- On-crossing detectors that can extend the crossing period for slower moving pedestrians and vulnerable road users
- Kerb-side detection that can cancel the demand for a crossing period should the pedestrian move off the footpath to cross in a gap in traffic, thereby reducing vehicle delays due to crossing periods that are not required
- No flashing amber signal to drivers – they are held on a steady red signal until the crossing time has elapsed
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