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Richmond Council removes 100 street signs

As many as 100 old road direction signs and information boards have been removed from the streets of Richmond and Twickenham in the last three months, in an attempt to declutter the streets.

The move follows the installation of new Legible London maps in the two town centres. The Legible London signs, a partnership between Transport for London (TfL) and Richmond Council, include a map and average walking distances to landmarks, local services and places of interest.

A total of 35 have been installed so far with another 12 to come in the near future.

Richmond Council cabinet member for traffic, transport and parking David Trigg said the sleek new signs contain all the same information as the old ones.

“We have made our streets much less cluttered by removing many signposts which are now not needed,” he said.

“We have made many of our roads look more open and have brought lots of useful information into one place.”

David Trigg, Richmond Council

“Too much clutter on lamp posts or poles just distracts people’s eyes and makes the place look disorganised. Instead we have made many of our roads look more open and have brought lots of useful information into one place.”

Signs needed by motorists and street name signs have not been removed, he said.

The Legible London scheme helps to improve the streets by reducing the number of out-of-date or unnecessary signs, said TfL director of better routes Ben Plowden.

The signs in Richmond and Twickenham were the first to be installed in an outer London borough. They were launched in December.

Some of the signs which have been taken down will be cleaned or repaired and reused in other areas of the borough, while others will be sold off for scrap metal, and the money returned to the Council’s budgets.

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