Still catching up on yesterday. Did a couple of interviews for the BBC about roadsigns, wearing my Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales hat. Used our local village of Berriew as an example of road sign pollution, or 'signusitis' which for some reason our press release called it.
Berriew is a beautiful little black and white village in the heart of Montgomeryshire. As you approach it (from all sides) there are huge garish signs telling you that there are going to be 30mph signs in 150 yds. Hideous and totally pointless. Then we have the 30mph signs themselves - which are fairly new to our village and which we all approve of, although they are unnecessarily garish. But underneath them, there are large bright blue signs telling you that you are entering a police speed check area. Well, of course you are - there are speed restriction signs there. Any fool would know that. These signs serve no function whatsoever. And as soon as you pass one of the 30mph signs, there is a sign 'directing' you to 'the Village Centre, which the Welsh translation reads as Town Centre. Berriew is too small to have a village centre. Its got to be the most superfluous sign ever erected. And all these signs are bilingual. If this carries on Berriew will soon look like Soho.
And the position is even worse in our built up areas. There are so many signs now that no-one bothers to read any of them. One sign you read - 10 signs and you ignore the lot. I've read about some research taking place in England where most of the signs have been removed. It seems that drivers are now concentrating rather more on their driving, instead of trying to make some sense of the myriad of signs, and the accident record is improving. So we can beautify our roads and make them safer at the same time. But will our legislators act. No, they'll just put up a new sign to warn about sign confusion.