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Transport watchdog launches campaign for better road signs

Transport watchdog launches campaign for better road signs


In an attempt to have clearer road signs around the UK, the watchdog has been set up so drivers can report poorly maintained and unclear signage

In an attempt to improve road signs across the Highways England network, a transport watchdog has been set up so drivers can highlight any unclear or obscured signs across the UK.

Organised by Transport Focus, an independent watchdog, the Sort My Sign campaign has been launched so drivers can flag up any signs that aren’t clear enough across the network.

With the Highways England network covering 4,300 miles-worth of major ‘A’ roads and motorways, the likelihood of signs not being clear enough or obscured is quite high.

When drivers send in their complaints or notify the watchdog of poor signage, Transport Focus will be publishing them on a map so they can be clear for other drivers and show where investment is needed.

The Sort My Sign campaign is also being used to call out Highways England to fix broken or inaccurate signage, provide better information on delays and disruption, and review the standards of signs on major roads as well.

Anthony Smith, Transport Focus chief executive of the independent watchdog, said: “We want to hear from road users about signs and information that aren’t up to scratch. We’ll use what you say to press Highways England to make journeys easier and safer.

“There is nothing more frustrating than missing your turnoff because the sign was hidden behind a tree or missing crucial information.

“While we have some of the safest roads there are still too many signs which are broken, confusing or out of date. If it’s not clear, it’s not safe.”