Councils Encouraged to Cut Down on Confusing Road Signs

Thursday, 04 April 2013

Driving around cities packed with leagues of signs, traffic lights and road markings can often be stressful and confusing - especially when signs appear to contradict each other or serve no real purpose. So, perhaps we can be grateful that the Department for Transport has launched a new award to encourage local councils to remove unnecessary road signs and tackle the problem.

The award will be available to councils in England that can show they've taken steps to get rid of unnecessary signs, reduce sign maintenance costs and cut down roadside clutter by 18th April. The winner will be announced in December.

Announcing the launch of the award last week, Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of State for Transport, said: "Pointless signs blot our landscape, confuse motorists and are expensive to maintain. This new award is about recognising and showcasing the good work being done by local authorities across the country... I want these examples to inspire other councils to improve their streets and public spaces."

The award follows guidance published by the Department for Transport back in January to help councils deal with pointless road signs. At the time, Transport Minister Norman Baker commented that councils have had a tendency to put up signs "willy-nilly" in the past, often at the request of local residents. After years of build-up, however, he claims that it's important for us to "de-clutter" our streets, in the interests of simplifying the roads for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians alike, and saving councils money.

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