Signs of the times?
I have just read your article on the CRT wasting millions again. The new sign, in my opinion, looks like a half filled toilet.
The real problem with regard to public awareness of CRT is that there are not enough signs. Changing the logo is no solution at all and completely discards all public awareness that there is at the moment.
Many existing signs are too small, overgrown, and badly located. There’s plenty of room for improvement and you don’t need to be Brain of Britain to work out what needs to be done.
From a boater’s point of view I have some suggestions:
Lock sidings and visitor moorings - ‘ NO FISHING’
Bridges and tunnels - ‘GET OFF YOUR BIKE AND WALK IT THROUGH’.
It should be highlighted with many more signs that cyclists should give way to pedestrians.
I would also appreciate signs saying ‘CYCLISTS USE YOUR BELL’.
Finally with regard to direction signs, too many times I have discovered the sign telling me which way to go at a junction only when I am actually alongside the sign. This is crazy, particularly on rivers, as by then it is usually too late. The signs are also often too small and overgrown.
Lots of ways to improve signage and get the logo seen. But changing the logo? Has the CRT really got this money to waste? This isn’t a good idea and won’t improve anything.
CRT surely has more income since the changes in licensing, so perhaps they think they can afford it. (Does anyone else remember the consultation that promised to be a non-revenue raising review?) The average boater ( 57-60ft narrowboat) is 8 percent worst off. Also, CRT still doesn’t do any green concessions for hybrids or other greener systems.
Seeing money thrown away with hare-brained ideas like a new logo is crazy when there are other things so much more deserving. I could make a list – lock maintenance, improved dredging but the dog needs a walk so I’ll get off my soapbox.