Those who have been keeping up with the many, many pages of documents flying out from DfT towers recently will have heard of 'Expressways'. This is a, supposedly, new concept where higher quality all-purpose routes will be transformed into what is essentially a motorway, but not for viewers in Scotland as this is a Highways … Continue reading Expressways and why they’re not going to work.
One of the big problems with restricted lengths of road that only allow certain classes of traffic is how to convey this meaning to other drivers. Take Manchester as an example, where unlawful incursions onto the off-street running sections of Metrolink is a frequent problem. Originally off-street sections used the conventional Dia. 953 variant "trams … Continue reading Should we allow exemptions to No Entry signs? A lesson from Ireland.
The problems of urban parking management are well known. There are of course different arguments relating to the 'fairness' of such systems; particularly from businesses who argue that parking restrictions harm their operations. However, the crucial fact that is often overlooked in such political wrangling is that the responsibility of the Highway Authority is to … Continue reading Blackburn Sees Red
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*