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At a puffin crossing, which colour follows the green signal?

A Steady amber

Puffin crossings have infra-red sensors which detect when pedestrians are crossing and hold the red traffic signal until the crossing is clear. The use of a sensor means there is no flashing amber phase as there is with a pelican crossing.

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What's a puffin crossing?

A puffin crossing is one of four different forms of pedestrian crossings on UK highways. The word 'puffin' does not refer to the charming white and black birds seen in David Attenborough documentaries. Instead, the term derives from the phrase "pedestrian user-friendly intelligent," since puffin crossings are equipped with smart sensors that recognize when pedestrians are crossing or waiting to cross the road.

The black and yellow box with a button to press distinguishes a puffin crossing from conventional pedestrian crossings. A green or red man will light up above it, depending on whether pedestrians should stop or go. This black and yellow box was discovered on a puffin's pedestrian side of the road.

What is the sequence of lights at a Puffin crossing?

A red light indicates that you must stop at the stop line. Driving past a red light at a puffin crossing is unlawful. The red light is followed by a red light with a constant amber light, and then a green light indicating that you can continue on your journey.

Which colour follows the green signal at a puffin crossing?

Puffin crossings are equipped with infrared sensors that detect people crossing and maintain the red traffic light until the crossing is clear. Because a sensor is used, there is no flashing amber phase as with a pelican crossing.

You’re approaching a red light at a puffin crossing. Pedestrians are crossing the street. When will the red light change?
A sensor will identify when the pedestrians have reached a safe distance. Do not proceed until the green light appears and it is safe to do so.



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