Signal Controlled Crossings

A review was carried out by the Borough of all signalled crossings in early 2011 to see if changes in the signal timings could be made to reduce the average waiting times for pedestrians and cyclists, particularly for families with young children, without any significant delays to road traffic. In the urban area there are currently nearly 60 signalled crossings and as a result of the review approximately two thirds have been amended.

Crossing Types:

Pegasus - for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders
Toucan - for pedestrians and cyclists
Pelican/Puffin - for pedestrians - cyclists MUST walk across
Zebra - uncontrolled for pedestrians - cyclists MUST walk across
Parallel Crossing - a Zebra crossing for pedestrians and a parallel crossing for cyclists marked with 'elephant' footprints. This type of crossing was authorised under the updated Traffic Signs Regulations and General Direction 2016 which came into force on 22 April 2016 .

Numerous new crossings are likely to be provided over the next few years to improve the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

Recent New Installations

Union Street roundabout - parallel crossing - on all four arms (September 2014)
Norse Road - toucan - near Glenavon Road (January 2014)
Ampthill Road - toucan - near Interchange Park for B&Q store (September 2013)
Ampthill Road - toucan - Morrisons store entrance (August 2013)
Manton Lane/Brickhill Drive junction - two sets of toucans (September 2012)
Kingswood Way, Great Denham - toucan (August 2012)
Carmichael Drive, New Cardington - several sets of toucans (2011)
Mile Road near the new Bedford Academy - zebra converted to toucan (October 2011)
Williamson Road, Kempston - toucan on Route 51 (March 2011)
Bunyan Road/Bedford Road Kempston junction - reinstatement of toucan on Route 51 (November 2010)
St Neots Road - pegasus - part of Green Wheel from Brickhill/Putnoe to Route 51 and Willington (October 2010)
Cemetery Road, Kempston - toucan - eventually part of new Route 51 through Kempston West and Grear Denham developments (July 2010)

Installations Outstanding


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