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Rutland MP Alan Duncan tackles pointless road signs

Pointless road signs across Rutland and elsewhere will be ripped up amid warnings they wast taxpayers’ money, clutter streets and confuse motorists.

The Department for Transport has issued new guidelines on road signs, after complaints of an ‘overuse’ of roadside warnings in recent years has “blighted the landscape” of many towns and villages.

The new guidance is the first since Rutland MP Sir Alan Duncan headed a commission into the issue in 2015, which found the number of roadsigns had doubled in 20 years to 4.6million.

Sir Aland Duncan and his road sign report (8091892)
Sir Aland Duncan and his road sign report (8091892)

Sir Alan (Con) said: “I have been campaigning against useless and grotty road signs for 25 years now and it’s been a long struggle against substandard bureaucracy. It’s gratifying that at last the DfT has incorporated many of my recommendations in their new traffic signs manual.

“This is major step forward for improving our built environment but there is still a massive gap between what the department says should happen and what councils actually do in practice. There is a real lack of proper enforcement but I hope the mood is changing so that any member of the public can complain to a council and point to these new regulations as a reason for doing things properly.”

Rob Harbour, deputy director for places for Rutland County Council, said: “The type, size and location of road signs are all determined at a national level.Highways authorities like Rutland County Council are then responsible for applying these national regulations locally.

“Our signs guidance policy sets out how national guidelines should be interpreted and applied here in Rutland. Wherever possible and adhering to national guidance, our aim is to keep signage to an absolute minimum for the benefit of all road

Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways at Lincolnshire County Council, added: “We are always looking for opportunities to remove superfluous signage from the highway, so before erecting signs we ensure there is a genuine and specific requirement for their use.

“We evaluate them on a case by case basis – looking at accuracy, the need to comply with legislation and the information is relevant.”

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