This article was edited on 7 August 2020 following feedback from commentators Yellow lines have been with us since the late 1950s, but were first officially codified in the Traffic Signs Regulations & General Directions in 1964. The system has evolved over time but it still poses numerous headaches for those seeking to manage traffic. … Continue reading The case for yellow line reform
Come On You Reds!
The Liverpool Street cycleway in Salford is now almost complete. Others have commented on some of the, er, interesting design features of the junctions but this article isn't going to cover that. What has brought about some additional comment is the provision of Red Route Clearway signs. These are not a new innovation but Greater … Continue reading Come On You Reds!
Five years already?
This is just a quick post as I plan more detailed articles in due course, but it has struck me that I have been doing this for five years. That's flown somewhat hasn't it? I set this up in 2017 after some nudging from friends (you should follow @JenOnTheMoveUK) that I should create an online … Continue reading Five years already?
Low Traffic Neighbourhoods are empowering, not oppressive.
An opinion piece on the 'controversial' LTNs.
The Evolution of Motorway Signs – Part Two
The completion of the Preston Bypass provided some useful lessons in motorway signing. Firstly it was realised that mounting signs on scaffolding was a bad idea - the final report even goes so far as to describe them as "frankly temporary", and the more familiar tapered concrete supports that lasted until the 1990s developed from … Continue reading The Evolution of Motorway Signs – Part Two
Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 6
No, not the old "illumination of traffic signs" item that was never published and can now be covered neatly in TSRGD itself. This is the re-purposed Chapter 6 that will revolutionise the use of traffic signals in urban areas now that the over-designed monstrosity that is the old DMRB TD 42/95 (now CD 123) has … Continue reading Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 6
Height Restrictions and the Correct Approach
Last month I was invited to provide a presentation to the IHE Traffic Signs Panel once more, and this year I focused on a problem that causes numerous difficulties for both managers of highway networks and the railway system alike. There are an estimated 1,800 bridge strikes a year on the network which on average … Continue reading Height Restrictions and the Correct Approach
A Mini-Rantabout Mini-Roundabouts
Not strictly a total signs post this, but recent discussions over on SABRE (and on Twitter) suggest that there is a serious inability to get these features right. This in turn has major safety implications as misuse of mini-roundabouts can cause confusion and thus collisions. Naturally, the Design Manual for Roads & Bridges manages to … Continue reading A Mini-Rantabout Mini-Roundabouts
The M40 Bunny Sign
Quite possibly the most well known motorway sign in the UK is the "M40 Bunny" sign. Why is it called this, you ask? Well... look at it... The less safe-for-work description is "the M40 Playboy Bunny sign", but it doesn't really look like that logo. Or so I am told. Picture credit: unknown I do … Continue reading The M40 Bunny Sign
The Evolution of Motorway Signs – Part One
On 5 December, the Preston Bypass passed its 60th year in service. It started off as a humble eight-mile length of road that many would barely recognise from today, with intermittent ‘soft’ shoulders and only two lanes in each direction. A wide grassy central reservation allowed for future expansion and there was only one interchange … Continue reading The Evolution of Motorway Signs – Part One