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Falkirk signage blunder tells visitors town centre is 500 miles away

28th February 2011 | Warning Signs

Posted by Ben Alexander.

A wayfinder signage blunder in Falkirk has meant visitors to the historic Scottish town are being told the town centre is over 500 miles away - and the arrow is pointing them in the wrong direction.

According to the Falkirk Herald, new visitor signage has recently been put up as part of a regeneration project. But the council had to act swiftly last week when a mistake was spotted.

People stepping off the train at the town's rail station were no doubt a little surprised to learn that they were facing an 850km walk (over 520 miles) in order to get to the centre. A small 'k' had been added by mistake – the centre is in fact a much easier 850m away.

Another sign, placed at the corner of the town's Melville Street and Vicar Street, had misplaced arrows – so tourists hoping to enjoy a meal at Falkirk's La Banca restaurant were in fact being directed to a set of public toilets.

But the council resolved the problems as soon as they were spotted, at no extra cost.

"Our contractor erected a sign on the wrong site and the mistake was quickly noticed. The new signage is still being installed, however we will ensure a full check for accuracy once they have all been erected," a council spokesperson told the newspaper.

Falkirk has a population of over 34,000 people.ADNFCR-2754-ID-800432989-ADNFCR


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