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Facelift for Britain’s 40-year-old road signs

The government has launched the biggest review of British road signs for 40 years.

Transport Minister Rosie Winterton called on fleet managers, company car drivers, private motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and road organisations to have their say in how Britain’s streets will look in the future.

The review is aimed at ensuring that traffic signs use the latest technology, help to cut congestion and emissions and keep traffic moving safely and efficiently.

It aims to provide authorities with new powers to reduce street clutter and ensure out of date signs are removed.

New sign technology will also be considered that provide better road information, such as up-to-date travel news.

Road conditions have changed dramatically over the years - and road signs need to keep pace with that change to provide the best information possible to all road users,” said Ms Winterton.

"It is vital we help motorists, cyclists and pedestrians understand how to use our roads - improving road safety and helping reduce congestion and CO2 - without cluttering our streets with unnecessary signs."

AA President Edmund King welcomed the review, saying: "Clear, concise, relevant road signs help reduce congestion, CO2, frustration and accidents.

"Confusing signs do the opposite so we welcome a root and branch review of the UK's traffic signing system and will seek the views of AA members to help the Department for Transport come up with signs fit for the 21 Century."

The review will begin by the middle of next year.

The Department for Transport will then work directly with specialist working groups to develop policy proposals for consultation.

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