DfT to cut down on road signs

DfT to cut down on road signs

Government plans to de-clutter UK road signs and give councils greater control over road design have been unveiled.

The changes would see local authorities given the power to make decisions on road markings and layout, which could affect areas such as parking bays and yellow-box junctions.

The Department for Transport said it will back the new plans which also include measures to help local councils make roads safer for cyclists, encouraging the use of bicycles.

A new consultation will be launched which will propose clearer road markings and low-level signs for cyclists.

It is hoped the move will reduce the number of signs which the DfT needs to authorise, cutting the levels of bureaucracy.

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said: "The number of signs have soared from two million in 1993 to more than 4.6 million today. This is causing unnecessary clutter in our towns and cities.

"The proposed changes will mean greater flexibility for councils to cut the number of signs, while ensuring consistency and making sure our roads are even safer for cyclists and motorists."

The changes will mean road users will have signs that are easier to understand, while cyclists will be able to make use of shared crossing with pedestrians as well as bigger cycle boxes at traffic lights.

As part of the consultation, which closes on June 12, the Department is also holding nine events across the UK to explain the improvements and proposed changes to over 700 practitioners.

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