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Road sign removal powers granted

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A raft of measures has been announced to declutter Britain’s roads.

Ministers revealed that councils in England, Scotland and Wales would be able to tear down certain roadside signs from Friday 22 April.

The move follows a consultation announced last summer, along with the creation of a taskforce. The number of signs on England’s roads alone soared from 2.5M in 1993 to 4.6M in 2013.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said this week: “Our common-sense reforms will help get rid of pointless signs that are an eyesore and distract drivers.

“These new rules will also save £30M in taxpayers’ cash by 2020, leaving drivers with just the signs they need to travel safely.”

The reforms will mean:

  • Certain restrictions only require one sign
  • Fewer signs need to be lit than before
  • New roundabout and layout signs will have ‘remove by’ dates on them
  • Signs will not be needed in some cases where a road marking exists
  • Repeat speed limit signs are no longer required
  • Eye-level traffic lights can be installed to make busy junctions safer for cyclists
  • Smaller signs are available for certain signs

 

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