Pedestrian Crossings: Use them or Lose them

Stoke on Trent City Council have announced in their latest Local Transport Plan, proposals to  remove or alter under-utilised signalised crossing points  around the City, to enable  traffic to move more efficiently.
“These crossings have become more popular over recent years largely because of the perceived benefits of controlled crossing points for vulnerable pedestrians. However pelican crossing points do have a number of disbenefits;  for example the length of time vehicles are forced to stop, the positioning may not be as desired due to engineering issues, cost of introduction and forward maintenance”