Thousands of traffic signs are being brought down across the country as part of a Government drive to rid our streets of clutter.
Derbyshire MP and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin is today writing to councils to urge them to continue getting rid of confusing road signs. He also unveiled a new document called 'Reducing Sign Clutter' that provides guidance to local authorities on how to remove unnecessary traffic signs as cost-effectively as possible.
In London alone, 8,000 repeater signs and 4,000 poles have been ripped out across the capital - stretching to almost two and a half miles if laid out side by side.
The new traffic signs advisory document also encourages authorities to think about:
- Improving the streetscape by identifying and removing unnecessary, damaged and worn-out signs.
- Helping to ensure signs are provided only where they are needed.
- Minimising the environmental impact, particularly in rural settings.
- Reducing costs of signs, maintenance and energy.