Disabilities (making the Highway safer to use)
We are constantly looking for ways in which we can help people with disabilities. For example, we are providing more Pelican, Puffin and Toucan Crossings. We are also installing tactile paving surfaces (the increasingly familiar 'blistered' paving is being introduced wherever there are pedestrian crossing points - 'ladder/tramline' paving is used to distinguish the footpath from an adjacent cycleway).
Red tactile paving is used to assist partially sighted people to detect the presence of controlled crossing points such as zebra crossings and signal controlled crossings.
Buff coloured tactile paving helps to distinguish uncontrolled crossing points such as dropped kerbs and pedestrian refuges.
In the case of signal controlled crossings, the tactile paving is laid so as to lead partially sighted people to the push button box.
Current initiatives include: