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Traffic signs in Britain - Biggest review in 40 years

Posted on September 16, 2008

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Government Office for the East of EnglandTransport Minister Rosie Winterton yesterday called on motorists, cyclists, pedestrians, highway authorities and road organisations who are keen to have a say in how our streets will look in the future, to take part in the biggest review of British road signs for 40 years.

The review will ensure that traffic signs keep pace with the latest technology, help to cut congestion and emissions and keep traffic moving safely and efficiently without cluttering our streets.

The review's aims include:

  • To consider new powers to reduce street clutter - and ensure out of date signs are removed
  • Look at using new traffic sign technologies that can provide new ways of managing traffic flow
  • Provide better road information - such as up-to-date travel news - to give motorists informed choices about their journeys
  • Demonstrate how effective signing can provide safer roads and reduce accidents
  • Improve road users' understanding of traffic signs and signals.

Rosie Winterton said:

"Road conditions have changed dramatically over the years - and road signs need to keep pace with that change to provide the best information possible to all road users.

"It is vital we help motorists, cyclists and pedestrians understand how to use our roads - improving road safety and helping reduce congestion and CO2 - without cluttering our streets with unnecessary signs."

Road users, highway authorities and organisations interested in streetscape will play a key role in the steering group leading the review.

AA President Edmund King said:
"Clear, concise, relevant road signs help reduce congestion, CO2, frustration and accidents. Confusing signs do the opposite so we welcome a root and branch review of the UK's traffic signing system and will seek the views of AA members to help the Department for Transport come up with signs fit for the 21 Century."

Source: Government Office for the East of England

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