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Transport Minister Norman Baker: 'Important to declutter streets'

The Transport Minister Norman Baker MP said: 'I think it's very Important that we declutter our streets and country lanes wherever we can. First of all it helps the environment.

"Secondly it gives more weight to the signs which are still there...and thirdly it saves councils money at a time when they're short of cash."

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TfL: 'Unnecessary street clutter can make journeys awkward'

Unnecessary street clutter can make the journeys of all road users awkward, regardless whether they are motorists, cyclists or pedestrians, and can dissuade people from visiting local areas.

By identifying and removing unnecessary poles, signs and other street furniture, we can make our road network more accessible and help transform our city environment into one that people can enjoy working, shopping and socialising in.

– Dana Skelley, Director of Roads at Transport for London

Transport Secretary: 'Unnecessary signs blot landscapes of towns and cities'

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin. Credit: PA

The Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin: "There are too many unnecessary signs blotting the landscapes of our towns and cities. That is why I have published new guidance, to help encourage local authorities to make old, confusing and ugly signs a thing of the past.

"I want to congratulate London, Hampshire and Somerset councils for leading the way and getting rid of sign clutter.

"They are a fantastic example and I urge other councils to think about where traffic signs are placed and whether they are needed at all."

Traffic signs are being brought down across London

Thousands of traffic signs are being brought down across the country as part of a Government drive to rid our streets of clutter.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has urged local authorities to continue the cull.

Mr McLoughlin 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 capitals roads in the early 1990s have been ripped out. Laid out side by side these would stretch almost 2.5 miles.