Unnecessary UK road signs to be scrapped in new plans
Posted by Jason Nicholls
Road signs across the UK that clutter the countryside and confuse drivers are to be scrapped as part of new plans.
The government is considering new guidance for local councils and highway officials to reduce the number of signs and revise regulations that relate to them.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced the proposals in a speech to representatives from the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
"Too many country roads carry a reminder of how insensitive planners can be to the aesthetics of transport design with the ugly and unnecessary signage that clutters up the network," Mr McLoughlin noted.
He added that new signs are often introduced without considering what is actually required.
News of these plans comes after the Berwick Advertiser reported that new safety signs are to be introduced on Holy Island's tidal causeway to reduce the number of stranded drivers in the area.
The decision to fit them was determined following a successful two week trial in Easter, which found that they caused motorists to pay more attention to dangers in the area.
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