Taking a stand on road crossings

Angus South MSP Graeme Dey.
Angus South MSP Graeme Dey.

Graeme Dey MSP and Mike Weir MP are exploring what can be done to improve safety for vulnerable pedestrians when using road crossings.

A national campaign led by the charity Living Streets is calling for an average of three more seconds of green man time in order to allow everyone to cross the road in comfort.

The power to make such a change lies principally with Westminster. However, local authorities have, in certain circumstances, a degree of scope for varying times.

In an effort to progress the matter Mr Dey, MSP for Angus South, has written to Angus Council, while Mike Weir, the MP for Angus, has approached Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin.

Mr Dey said: “My understanding is that councils can, depending on the nature of the crossing equipment in use, extend the time given to vulnerable pedestrians to get from one side of the road to the other.

“I have therefore contacted Angus Council to gauge their views on this important matter.”

Meanwhile, Mike Weir MP explained: “Whilst this issue may not be one that impacts thousands of people every day it is certainly a concern for the partially sighted or less mobile.

“It is, therefore, worthy of further investigation to determine what can be done to improve road traffic safety for vulnerable pedestrians.”

Living Streets say over three-quarters of people aged 65 and over struggle to cross the road at signal crossings.