Private landowners and homemade signs

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

Dynamic traffic 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

“Local” Direction 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

Out and about – the A601(M)

Today I went for a little drive around Lancashire and collected some images of old and new signs, and several of them have caused me to get a bit grumpy due to elementary mistakes that either make a sign cluttered, or suffering from design errors. Instead of just griping, though, I intend to demonstrate how … Continue reading Out and about – the A601(M)

The future of Stop signs

As part of the wider flexibility and moving on from site specific approvals, the DfT have abandoned the requirement for new Stop signs. The justification is that all locations that warrant such signs already have them so there should be very few exceptional circumstances where a new Stop sign should be necessary. On paper, such … Continue reading The future of Stop signs

Glasgow Gantries

Over on SABRE, there is often debate about the 'Glasgow Gantry'. They are, in a word, a 'Marmite' creation; people either love them or hate them. So, what are these gantries and how did they come about? In 1964, the new TSRGD brought in following the Worboys report had no real detail for motorway gantries. … Continue reading Glasgow Gantries

Improving cycling facilities through better signs?

First off; I am not going to open up a hornet's nest regarding cyclists vs cars, suffice to say I am a firm advocate of improving facilities for pedestrians and cyclists wherever we can. This article therefore is going to concentrate purely on the traffic signs aspect of cycle infrastructure design. Traffic signs for cyclists … Continue reading Improving cycling facilities through better signs?

Diversion symbols and their effect on existing signs

An unfortunate requirement of the sudden resurgence of the use of tactical diversion routes in 2009 was that thousands of signs had to be amended. Given this work took place as one of the worst financial crises of recent times was hitting, it was never going to be a scheme with a lavish budget thrown … Continue reading Diversion symbols and their effect on existing signs

Pre-worboys signs

Prior to the publication of the Worboys Report in 1963, traffic signs were distinctly 'olde-worlde'. They are, legally, supposed to be extinct - but many survive. You may or may not know about signs prior to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 1964. It took until 1957 for the first TSRGD to be published, … Continue reading Pre-worboys signs