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Councils urged to remove needless road signs

4th January 2013 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander

Councils should take down thousand of needless road signs to remove clutter on the UK's transport network.

This is the opinion of transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, who has written a letter to local authorities, advising them to follow London's approach, which has led to 8,000 repeater signs being removed.

"As well as spoiling otherwise beautiful areas of the country, cluttered streets can also be confusing for drivers and pedestrians, affecting safety. Many traffic signs, traffic signals and road markings are simply not needed," Mr McLoughlin explained.

He recommended authorities to identify, review and remove unnecessary traffic signs on a regular basis, claiming that such an approach will be a "cost effective means of improving the environment".

Mr McLoughlin also unveiled a new document entitled Reducing Sign Clutter, offering guidance to local authorities on how to take down needless warning signs in quick and cost-effective ways.

He added that such notices are "blotting the landscapes of our towns and cities".ADNFCR-2754-ID-801516644-ADNFCR


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