A new regulation has quietly come into place which looks set to subtly change the pedestrian landscape - and for the better.
Simon Morgan, chair of the Institute of Highway Engineers' traffic signs panel, explains.
TSRGD (Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions) came into force on 22 April. It covers almost every sign and marking on our roads, and although most of these will not change, one of the biggest alterations is that pelican crossings will be phased out.
The Department for Transport (DfT) is hoping that fewer new signs will be put up because of this regulation, reducing clutter and keeping footways clearer. Whilst existing pelican crossings can remain, the much derided flashing green man (with its accompanying flashing amber signal to drivers) will never again appear at a new site.
TSRGD is mostly good news for road users on foot.