WHY CAN’T ROAD SIGNS BE ENHANCED?
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.