New Belisha Beacons for Park Road at St Hugh's

9 Jun 2024

Cllr Will Frass writes...

When I talk to people who live around St Hugh's School on Park Road several residents point out how badly lit /near inivisible the old Belisha Beacons are on the Zebra Crossing.

We all know how important safety is outside St Hugh's School - including visibility.

It was one of the reasons I kept asking for that stretch of Park Road outside the school to be re-surfaced - which is has been - at last.

The Beacons may be clear enough in the dark - but when the sun is bright - the flashing is hardly noticeable during the daytime when children are using the Zebra Crossing.

New style Beacons for better daytime visibility

A while ago, I made a formal request for Trafford to look at new-style Belisha Beacons which have an L.E.D. 'halo' making the yellow lights more visible in daylight. You see them in supermarket carparks already, but not outside our schools.

While the Council were re-surfacing the road, the Head of Highways phoned me to say that following my request he has secured a trial of new-style Belisha Beacons with the L.E.D. 'halo' - which is much more visible from a distance in daylight.

They've replaced one side already, and in a few weeks will do the other side - right now you can compare the two.

New style Belisha Beacon on Park Road
New style Belisha Beacon on Park Road

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