Flashing beacons make the installation of pedestrian crossings prohibitively expensive. The flash is not noticed in daylight. At night there are street lights. Other countries, such as Scandinavia, simply have a sign and the white lines on the road, much simpler and cheaper and work just as well.
Why does this idea matter?
It costs £40,000 to install a pedestrian crossing, consequently villages such as mine can’t have one. Surely a post, possibly painted with luminous paint, and white lines on the road is sufficient and would cost a fraction of the current cost. Currently installed flashing beacons could be disconnected to save on energy costs.