Transport Secretary to axe 'pointless' road signs

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Patrick McLoughlin, Secretary of Sate for Transport, has announced new guidelines that will clampdown on the amount of 'pointless and unnecessary' signs that currently litter Britian's roads.

It has been revealed that the number of British road signs has more than doubled in the past 20 years to some 4.5 million. Mr McLoughlin said that new guidelines would clampdown on councils that insist on putting up signs that are not required.

"Over the past two decades we've seen a huge rise in the number of unnecessary signs blotting the landscapes of our towns and cities," he said.

"Many of the signs that go up are simply not needed and it has got to stop. As well as spoiling otherwise beautiful areas of the country, pointless signs just confuse drivers and make the roads less safe."

The Department for Transport says Britain has around 9,000 redundant road signs that need revising and Mr McLoughlin hopes that local councils will do their bit to curb the problem.

A survey carried out last year by Confused.com, revealed nearly 30 per cent of motorists had a crash, bump or near miss because of confusing road signs. Nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of drivers said road signs are not useful and more than half (52 per cent) feel confident enough driving without the need for 'roadside furniture'.

A Transport department source told the Daily Mail: "We're pushing for councils to stop pointlessly putting up loads of road signs where fewer would do the job fine.

"It has become an issue as councils appear to have designated people whose job it is to handle what signs go up, some of whom are probably overzealous. It can end up looking hideous and all it does is confuse drivers."

The department issued new guidelines last year but wants to take it one step further by implementing central regulations.