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Crossing Dangers

Pedestrian Crossing Dangerous Situations

Situations requiring additional care by people using the road include railway level crossings, near buses, and at tramways.


Emergency Vehicles

Pedestrians should keep off the road when an emergency vehicle using flashing blue lights approaches. Emergency vehicles include police cars, fire engines, and ambulances.


Pedestrian passengers should get on and exit a bus only when it has completely stopped moving in order for you to do so.

Beware of cyclists and avoid crossing ahead or behind the bus. It is better to cross after the bus has moved away and the road is clearer.


Tramways sometimes run through a pedestrianised area. Tram crossings are often recognized by shallow curbstones and white lines or yellow dots.

Treat trams with the same diligence and caution as for road vehicles because they travel quietly and cannot steer to avoid hitting you. Take care near trams and tramways and avoid walking along tramlines.

Street and Pavement Repairs

Street and pavement repairs may temporarily force you into the road or cross in a dangerous area. Take extra care in these special circumstances.

Railway Level Crossings

Warning Triangle SignLaw: According to Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD). At a railway crossing you Must Not cross or pass a stop line when the red lights show, (including a red pedestrian figure).

Do not enter a railway crossing if the alarm sounds or the safety barriers are being lowered. The alarm usually changes tone when there is another train approaching. Cross with care looking both ways when there are no warning lights, audible alarms, and the barriers are not restricting your path. A tactile surface may be present at the footway to warn the visually impaired of the railway crossing.

Pedestrian Crossings Dangerous Situations; UK Rules Updated 2017