WHY CAN’T ROAD SIGNS BE EN­HANCED?

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

DR DAVID ROSEN via email

THANK you for high­light­ing the dis­grace­ful way that Trans­port for Bucks are treat­ing mo­torists driv­ing through Lit­tle Chal­font (Mo­torist slams coun­cil in plea over Lit­tle Chal­font speed cam­eras May 19 2016).

This par­tic­u­larly hits vis­i­tors who are un­fa­mil­iar with the area.

As well as be­ing very far apart, a fur­ther de­fi­ciency in the cur­rent sig­nage is that the two 30mph signs are sig­nif­i­cantly off­set and not (as they should be) di­rectly op­po­site one another, thus re­duc­ing the gate­way ef­fect they are sup­posed to cre­ate.

The Trans­port for Bucks spokesper­son said ‘...we are not per­mit­ted to in­stall ad­di­tional 30 mph re­peater signs’.

No­body had sug­gested that, but the fact that there can­not be re­peater signs means that it is all the more im­por­tant to sig­nal the speed limit change very clearly and pos­i­tively. I travel ex­ten­sively around the coun­try and I have never seen a change from 60 mph to 30 mph on an A-road so poorly signed as this.

As it is, the po­lice are hap­pily rais­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds from speed­ing fines and thou­sands of mo­torists are suf­fer­ing each year.

The spokesper­son failed to give any rea­son why the signs can­not be en­hanced with such in­ex­pen­sive mea­sures as yel­low back­ing boards, on-road mark­ings and a short pre­ced­ing 40 mph stretch.

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