A raised section of pavement between two lanes of traffic moving in opposite directions

Pedestrian refuge island

A pedestrian refuge island is a raised section of pavement between two lanes of traffic moving in opposite directions.

Refuges are designed to create a safe place for pedestrians crossing the road by providing some protection from traffic in the centre of the road. They make the road look narrower and consequently can cause a degree of speed reduction.

The sites where refuges can be used are limited as they rely heavily on good forward visibility from approaching drivers and shouldn’t be placed across or very near to private drives or side roads. Also, if the road is narrow and there is no opportunity to widen the road then there could be insufficient space to site a refuge.

Indicative costs

A refuge with no associated carriageway widening may cost in the region of £15,000. However, widening is often required to facilitate a refuge where the overall cost could be £60,000 – £120,000. This is dependent on road classifications.



Officers will undertake an assessment to determine what type of crossing facility is most appropriate, which may include not making alterations to the existing environment. This assessment will follow the current Department for Transport guidance in Chapter 6 of the Traffic Signs manual.


All costs stated are for guidance only.

Figures provided are estimates and are reviewed annually, with all costs subject to a site survey assessment.

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