Road crossings and traffic signals | Road crossings and traffic signals | Oldham Council
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Traffic Lights and Signals

Permanent traffic signals are installed and maintained by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM). All problems with signal timings or signals not working should be reported here:

Temporary traffic lights are used to control traffic at road works. If the temporary traffic lights are not working or there are significant delays please look for the courtesy board placed at the works which will detail the company name and contact details to report the problems to.

Pedestrian, Cyclist and Equestrian Crossings

Pedestrian, cyclist, and equestrian crossings are installed as the result of traffic and road usage studies which count the number of cars using the road and the number of people trying to cross at a specific point. We also consider the number of road casualties near the site and local features such as hospitals and schools when deciding whether to install a new crossing.

Requests for crossings are reviewed according to the criteria adopted by the Greater Manchester Authorities. Should the criteria be met and observations demonstrate difficulties are being experienced, then a request for funding will be made for the crossing to be introduced.

We use a number of crossings in Oldham. These include:

Puffin Crossings (Pedestrian User Friendly Intelligent crossing)


These are an updated version of the pelican crossing that looks very similar. The main difference on a puffin crossing is that the red and green man signals are located just above the Wait box and not on the other side of the road. Pedestrians should press the button on the box. There are special in-built sensors which can detect a pedestrian waiting and make sure traffic remains stopped until all pedestrians have crossed the road. Puffin crossings do not have a flashing green man for pedestrians or a flashing amber for drivers.

Zebra Crossings

A zebra crossing has black and white stripes with orange flashing beacons at each end. The pedestrian has right of way once they step foot onto the crossing. However, pedestrians must ensure all traffic has stopped before crossing and remain vigilant as they cross.

Toucan Crossings (‘two can cross’, for pedestrians and cyclists)


These crossings are to help pedestrians and cyclists across the road and are usually found at sites where cycle routes cross busy roads. They are similar to a Puffin crossing operated by a push button on the Wait box. There is a green and red cycle and a red and green main. The benefit for cyclists is that they do not have to dismount to cross. There is no flashing green man signal and drivers must wait for a green light.

Pegasus Crossings (for horse riders)


Pegasus crossings are controlled by traffic signals which are operated by traffic signals which are operated by push-button by a horse rider, cyclist or pedestrian. They have a second crossing place for horse riders, with segregated approaches and separate light controls, alongside the cyclist and/or pedestrian crossing.

Pedestrian Refuges (central traffic islands used where a formal pedestrian crossing is not justified)


Where a pedestrian crossing cannot be justified, a pedestrian refuge (or traffic island) may be placed. These narrow the road and allow pedestrians to cross in two stages with a safe place to wait in the middle. Pedestrians should remain vigilant and cross with care as drivers have priority at traffic islands.

Refuges can only be introduced where there is sufficient road width.

For more information about crossing types and their assessment please refer to the Department for Transport: