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Transport Watchdog launches campaign to sort out road signs

Transport Focus is asking road users to call out improper, obscured or out of date signage to them

THE independent road user watchdog today launches a new nationwide campaign, Sort My Sign, to encourage England’s road users to report poor road signage.

Transport Focus is calling on road users to report poor signs on the 4300 miles of motorways and major ‘A’ roads managed by Highways England.

Once reported, Transport Focus will press Highways England to sort individual problems and get policy changed te help ensure journeys are less stressful and road signs easier to understand.

Anthony Smith, chief executive of the independent watchdog Transport Focus, 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“While we have some of the safest roads there are still too many signs which are broken, confusing or out of date.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.”

The Sort My Sign campaign aims to increase the usefulness and effectiveness of information on roads, including messages on electronic signs. The hope is that clearer, more complete and less obscured road-side signage will help road users to make more informed decisions in plenty of time, improving safety and reducing stress.

Once reported, the team at Transport Focus hopes to be able to build a map of problem sites across England, making it easier to hold the correct people accountable and to get the signage sorted.

Transport Focus is calling for Highways England to:

  • Fix broken or inaccurate signs reported by road users
  • Provide better information during delays and unexpected disruption
  • Review the existing standards for signs on motorways and major ‘A’ roads

To report faulty, out of date or damaged signage in your area, head to: sortmysign.transportfocus.org.uk

Do you regularly encounter incorrect, broken or out of date signage on your daily commute? Let us know in the comments below. 

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