Partially-sighted and blind people have a problem when crossing a dual carriageway.

The beep sound indicating it is safe to cross cannot be used by them because it would be difficult to distinguish to which side of the road it applies, as at the King Alfred crossing.

I have consulted a highways officer and have learned, because it would not be safe to have only a beep signal where this problem occurs, there is a rotating cone under the button part of the machine which operates at the same time as the beep.

In this way, a blind person is able to feel when it is safe to cross.

-Iris Abrahams, Vallance Gardens, Hove