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London's crossings best in Europe

Pedestrian crossing
London's crossings have good road markings among other features

London's pedestrian crossings are the best in Europe, according to a continent-wide survey.

Of 215 crossing designs tested in 17 countries, six of the best were in London, the survey by the Eurotest consortium of motoring bodies found.

The city's crossings have good road markings, good visibility and clear information among other features.

The crossing at the junction of Tothill Street and Storey's Gate in Westminster was rated the best in Europe.

Eurotest stressed the absence of parked cars near to the crossings - a shortcoming in most other cities - and held up London design features for others to follow.

Other cities tested included Rome, Paris, Zurich, Barcelona, Copenhagen and Brussels.

Four of the five worst crossings were in Brussels - where some of the biggest road-safety institutions are based.

AA president Edmund King said: "What it does show is that the crossings themselves set the standard for Europe.

"This strongly suggests that any problem with London's pedestrian crossings has to lie with their users rather than their design."

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