The Department for Transport (DfT) have announced a consultation on Local Authority powers to reduce road markings and signs. This is of interest for IHBC members as it could this help reduce clutter in historic areas. The closing date for responses is 12 June.
The DfT writes:
New plans to allow local councils in Great Britain the freedom to cut down the number of road markings and signs, were announced by Roads Minister Robert Goodwill today (1 May 2014).
The changes are included in a new consultation which also contains proposals for clearer road markings and new low-level signals for cyclists which will help improve safety on the roads.
The proposals will reduce the number of signs that the Department for Transport will need to authorise and streamline the approval process for councils, cutting regulation.
Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said: The number of signs have soared from 2 million in 1993 to over 4.6million today. This is causing unnecessary clutter in our towns and cities.
The proposed changes will mean greater flexibility for councils to cut the number of signs, whilst ensuring consistency and making sure our roads are even safer for cyclists and motorists.
The changes will mean road users will have signs that are easier to understand and could cut clutter on the roads. The proposals will also look to relax regulations for parking bays and yellow-box junctions to give local councils greater flexibility in designing road layouts and markings.
EH interactive streetscape (demonstrating the effects of clutter in historic areas)