Drivers criticise 'silly' road sign

Motorway sign Credit: Craig Weatherby/MEN Syndication

A bizarre motorway sign which tells drivers to beware the next ‘16,500 yards’ has been blasted by drivers.

The metal stand sign on a grass verge of the M61 motorway near Farnworth in Bolton advises motorists that there isn’t a hard shoulder - for 16,500 yards.

Driver Craig Weatherby told the Manchester Evening News he was left scratching his head over the Highways Agency sign and why they didn’t recalculate the sum into mileage. The distance equates to 9.3 miles.

Craig blasted: “It is just silly and ridiculous. If it was in miles then at least drivers would be able to measure it via their milometers. It looks like someone has just measured it out and ordered a sign without thinking. Who has a yardometer in their car!”

No one was available for comment from the Highways Agency.