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
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
One of the biggest sources of problematic traffic signs are temporary ones. These are often thrown together with little consideration for legibility or utility and act to simply tick a box in many cases. What this article is about though are those signs that lead the way to new housing developments. These signs are notorious … Continue reading Housing Development Signs
One of the big questions with sign design these days is that are most signs even necessary? People argue that with electronic aids that signs will be eventually rendered redundant. This is, in my view, drivel. Not everyone will be using electronic aids in the future, for a start. So, let's review warning signs. There … Continue reading When are warning signs appropriate?
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.
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
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
*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*