Thousands of traffic signs are being brought down across London as part of a Government drive to rid the streets of the capital of clutter.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has urged local authorities to continue the cull.
He has 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 installed on the capital's roads in the early 1990s have been ripped out. Laid out side by side these would stretch almost 2.5 miles.
The Transport Secretary is encouraging other local authorities across the country to follow suit
The new traffic signs advisory document provides local authorities with various hints and tips to help get them started in removing pointless signs.
- 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, not just of the signs themselves but maintenance and energy costs
However, many people on Facebook said they were against the initiative:
But CalendarGirl tweeted that road signs could sometimes be unnecessary:
The traffic advisory leaflet in reducing sign clutter is available to view here.