Using crossing places

Crossing aids are often provided to help you cross busy roads. If there is a crossing place nearby, use it even though you have to walk further to do so.

Your safety when using crossing places depends upon whether you are following Steps 2 to 6 of the Road Crossing Code and using the crossing in the correct way. Follow the rules and advice given in this chapter. You do not need to follow the Road Crossing Code only when using a footbridge or subway.

Rules and advice on crossing places

Footbridges - this page.
Subways - this page.
Crossings controlled by authorised persons - this page.
'Zebra' crossings - opposite page.
'Green man' crossings - Page 16.
Crossing places at traffic light junctions - pages 18 and 19.
Crossing with Islands - Page 10.

Footbridges and subways


Direction sign showing entrance to subway


Direction sign showing entrance to footbridge

Footbridges, subways and elevated walkways are the safest places to cross busy roads as they keep pedestrians well away from the dangers of traffic.

They are normally sited at very busy places where crossing the road at-grade would be particularly dangerous or difficult.

If you are unable to use a footbridge or subway because you cannot go up and down the steps, try to find an alternative pedestrian crossing at other place. Many footbridges and subways have ramps, lifts or escalators in addition to steps.

You must not cross the road within 15 metres of a footbridge or subway. You must use the footbridge or subway if you wish to cross.

Crossings controlled by authorised persons

The next safest place to cross is a crossing place controlled by a police officer, traffic warden or school crossing patrol - they know best when it is safe to cross. You should wait at the pavement of the crossing near the road and be within their view. You must not cross until they signal that you may do so. Keep looking and listening for traffic on all sides as you cross.

A school crossing patrol may direct any pedestrians, not just school children, when to cross the road. You can recognise a patrol by the special sign they carry to stop traffic.

School Crossing Patrol Signs
School crossing patrol sign