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Traffic Signs

Traffic signsThis is the use of post signage, known as traffic signs or road signs, at the side of roads to impart information to road users. The signage is augmented with carriageway markings. Both signs and markings are to inform road users about the road ahead, acting as warnings in regard to hazards, or to enable route choice.

Documents in this section cover Legislation, Sign Design, Marking Design & Specifications, Parking Signing, Speed Limits, Vehicle Actuated Signs, Illumination.

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TAL 01/15 Variable Message Signs

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This guidance is to inform about the use of light-emitting variable message signs (VMS) capable of displaying text and pictograms.

Primary Doc. 13/01/15 Department for Transport Add icon
TAL 1/14 White on red signs at road works

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White on red signs are often used to cover temporary situations at road works. Practitioners are not always aware that they have the flexibility to create such signs using legends tailored to their particular circumstances. This leaflet reminds practitioners of the options available to them when creating these temporary signs and provides some basic design guidelines.

Primary Doc. 12/11/14 Department for Transport Add icon
Prevention of Strikes on Bridges - A protocol for Highway Managers & Bridge Owners - Issue 2

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The Protocol gives guidance and advice to Highway Authorities and Bridge Owners to prevent strikes on bridges that span public highways

Primary Doc. 11/07/14 Department for Transport Add icon
TAL 01/14 Quick guide to temporary white on red signs at road and street works

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White on red signs are often used to cover temporary situations at road works. Practitioners are not always aware that they have the flexibility to create such signs using legends tailored to their particular circumstances. This leaflet reminds practitioners of the options available to them when creating these temporary signs and provides some basic design guidelines.

Primary Doc. 11/04/14 Department for Transport Add icon
TAL 3/13: traffic bollards and low level traffic signs

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Discusses the advantages of traffic bollards in certain circumstances, whilst recognising that their over provision can have an unduly negative effect on streetscape and energy consumption. Provides advice on the use of traffic bollards and associated signing for roads with a speed limit of 30 mph or lower and discusses alternatives such as low level signs. It does not cover bollards used to control access or to prevent footway parking or overrunning.

Primary Doc. 23/09/13 Department for Transport Add icon
Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 7: The Design of Traffic Signs (2013)

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UPDATED - Chapter 7 of the Manual is concerned with the design of traffic sign faces. The current edition was last updated in 2003. The changes give highway authorities guidance on how best to incorporate dual unit height limit warning information, and revised weight limits, on directional signs.

Primary Doc. 31/07/13 Department for Transport Add icon
Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 4: Warning Signs (2013)

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2013 UPDATE - Through the Traffic Signs Manual, the Department for Transport provides guidance to traffic authorities and sign designers on good practice in respect of the design and use of traffic signs in order to provide appropriate and adequate information for road users. The Manual is published by TSO as a number of discrete chapters each of which deals with a specific signing topic. We have made changes to Chapter 4 to bring it up to date following the amendments that were made to the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002. Chapter 4 of the Manual is concerned with signs that warn road users of hazards ahead and was last updated in 2008. The main changes relate to the signing of low bridges and on using the new triangular warning sign that indicates maximum height in both imperial and metric units. Bridge strikes, where vehicles, their loads or equipment collide with bridges, are a significant and recurring problem and the revised guidance gives highway authorities up to date information and demonstrates the Department’s ongoing commitment to tackling the risk.

Primary Doc. 30/07/13 Department for Transport Add icon
DSOPM004: Pedestrian Crossings

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This I’DGO design guidance relates to relates to pedestrian crossings. It was first published (in print and online) in July 2013 and launched at the annual conference of the Local Government Association. It is part of The Design of Streets with Older People in Mind; a toolkit for those who plan, design and maintain the public realm. It can be used as an aid to assessing the ‘walkability‘ of local neighbourhoods, particularly with regards to pedestrian safety and comfort. The guidance is based on the views over 1,600 pedestrians, street audits and key sources of existing UK guidance. It includes advice on providing accessible crossing amenities that send out a consistent message to all users and flags the importance of raising awareness among pedestrians as to how crossings work and why.

Secondary Doc. 02/07/13 Inclusive Design for Getting Outdoors (I'DGO) Add icon
TAL 1/13: Reducing sign clutter

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Over-provision of traffic signs can have a detrimental impact on the environment and can dilute more important messages if resulting in information overload for drivers. This leaflet, gives practical advice on reducing sign clutter. It emphasises that designers should use their engineering judgement and local knowledge to complement guidance to ensure signing solutions are effective.

General Information 02/01/13 Department for Transport Add icon
Operation od Traffic Signals During Low Demands

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Traffic signal design is a science that has been developed through decades to a point where the maximum efficiency can be squeezed out of the most congested of junctions. Conflicting needs of all road users are measured, evaluated and optimised such that the ever-increasing and varying demands continue to be managed with ingenuity and perfection. But roads aren’t always busy. In many cases the very justification for signal control is based on a problem that may only exist for a couple of hours each weekday. Even the most congested networks have their quiet moment, yet, in a deserted city at 3 in the morning, signals still cycle for non-existent traffic. Any driver who ventures into this scenario may sit in frustration at a red light while the ‘intelligent’ control system optimises the signals for phantom conflicting demands. In other countries various techniques are applied to ‘demote’ signalised junctions to priority mode of operation, for example the flashing amber on main road/flashing red on minor road employed in some States of the USA, or signals that simply turn off overnight as in parts of Europe.

Research 04/10/12 Department for Transport Add icon
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