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Coventry Flash crossing first outside London

Published Thursday, 05 October 2017

Coventry has got its first 'flash crossing' on a wide section of road outside the station on the new Friargate boulevard.

Flash crossing

The flash crossing aims to encourage drivers and pedestrians to be aware of each other. To allow vehicles and pedestrians to travel but with consideration for one another. 

Councillor Jayne Innes Cabinet Member for City Services said that the crossing is intended to make a bold statement outside the station - the fastest growing station outside London. 

She added, "I absolutely love this section of road. It's fantastic. It's our own bit of art on the road, welcoming visitors to the city and making a memorable impression.  

"The flash design has been used before in London but we've tweaked it so we are the only city to have it in blue. The right colour choice for our great city. 

"It's similar to some of our red sections of road in the city centre which are working well, creating a new and more considerate environment. 

 "The temporary surface will remain in place until we fully the redevelop the station area. In time the pedestrian route to the station will be fully pedestrianised. 

 "I hope we can look at more innovative and artistic solutions like this for other roads in the city.  

 Designers Dolman Bowles and Eley Kishimoto first collaborated in 2014, spraying a temporary “flash pavement rug” outside Brixton Tube to announce the first ever Brixton Design Trail.

The materials are the same as those used for zebra crossings with a life span of about five years. 

There will be some early tracking on the surface - this means vehicle tyres will leave marks on the surface for the first few weeks. This is normal and they will rub off naturally, in time. 

The work has been funded by the Government’s Local Growth Fund through the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).

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