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Alan welcomes road signs victory

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10 January 2013

Alan has echoed a government call to reduce street sign clutter on the nation’s roads. Over the last twenty years Alan has been putting pressure on local authorities to cut down on needless, confusing and repetitive street signs, particularly on rural roads.

Now Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has written to local authorities calling on them to review regularly the signs that they have put up, removing those that are no longer relevant or necessary. He also cited the importance of aesthetics and common sense in the design of streetscapes and the financial and environmental burden that installing needless signs create. In an accompanying document, ‘Reducing Sign Clutter’, the Transport Secretary provided clear advice and examples of good practice by local authorities.

Welcoming the news Alan said: ‘I have been campaigning for the ripping out of pointless signs for almost twenty years so I am extremely heartened that people are now latching onto it. Clear and appropriate signs are of course necessary for our roads, but the hodgepodge of ugly metal signs that has sprouted up over recent years spoils our rural environment, wastes money and confuses motorists. I strongly echo the call for local authorities to use a bit more common sense when deciding what signs they really need to put up and keep up.’ 

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