Firstly - let's get the vested interest out of the way. I like SignPlot. Whilst it doesn't necessarily give you the freedoms CAD based packages have for manipulating signs, for most practitioners who have no need to delve into the dark world of non-prescribed signs and authorisations, SignPlot makes it very difficult to go wrong. … Continue reading Sign Design Software and Common Errors
The M60 turns 20 years old next year, and for those of us who have cause to frequently use it, the biggest problems it faces are arguably nothing to do with its traffic signs. That said, I am going to write about the signs on the M60 anyway. I find them to be rather excessive … Continue reading The M60. Driven Round In Circles.
OK, not strictly a sign, but these do constitute street furniture and therefore sort of come under the remit of what I write about. In any case, as an advocate of uncluttered streets, I feel I need to speak on this subject. As we all know, the UK has fallen foul of three horrific terrorist … Continue reading Pedestrian Barriers
I look at ways to reduce the amount of money we spend on road markings.
In Blackburn, there is presently a major gas main renewal scheme taking place at a critical junction on the network. Instead of relying on the usual abysmal temporary information sign mounted on a 1050 x 750 frame, the traffic section have taken an unusual step and provided a slightly more useful sign that offers an … Continue reading Blackburn temporary sign experiment
Prior to the 1964 Regulations, a twisty road ahead was signed by an abstract representation of the road ahead curving around; it looked like a rotated Z. This sign was also well known across Europe, although they had largely abandoned it by the 1960s. A rare Panneaux Michelin showing a Z bend, from France. Picture … Continue reading The much missed “Z Bends” sign
*The punny title is the work of Johnathan Randall of Motorway Services Online. Blame him. As you may know if you follow the infrastructure news, the first piece of the A555 (SEMMMS, or MARR to use its Sunday title) extension jigsaw opened this week. This was the short re-alignment of the A6 at the eastern … Continue reading Logical SEMMMS Antics*
Note: some of the images in this article are taken from Motorway Services Online. This post is also a little tongue in cheek and a bit of a rant. You've been warned! One of the things that always causes me to chuckle, or in some cases want to rip my hair out, when out and … Continue reading Private landowners and homemade signs
Disclaimer: this is NOT an advert! Other products are available, etc... Something I had wanted to go and see for myself but haven't had chance to until today when I attended Traffex are the dynamic traffic signs in Coventry produced by Swarco. In a previous job, we were considering these for strategic points on the … Continue reading Dynamic traffic signs
Blue borders. You either got them or you didn't. These were a well intended, but extremely difficult part of the earlier TSRGDs to get to grips with. They also were all supposed to have been taken down by 31 December 2014, yet they are still everywhere (more on that later). They threw both designers and … Continue reading “Local” Direction Signs