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Motorways (Signs)

Volume 114: debated on Wednesday 8 April 1987

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asked the Secretary of State for Transport what was the cost of construction and erection of the "Keep Your Distance" signs on the MI motorway at junction 6A.

The two signs on M1 at junction 6A now used to display the message "Keep Your Distance" cost £50,000 to install. They were first used for traffic management purposes during the final stages of completion of M25.

asked the Secretary of State for Transport if he has any plans to erect further "Keep Your Distance" signs on motorways.

Further use of "Keep Your Distance" signs will depend on the outcome of the experiment currently being conducted at the southern end of the M1. This experiment at present consists of nine permanent display motorway signs and a pair of variable message signs near junction 6A. There is also a pair of variable message signs on the M25 at junction 18 which are normally devoted to this purpose.The southern end of the M1 was chosen for this experiment because of the very heavy traffic density. The effectiveness of the signs is being monitored by the various police forces which patrol the sections of the motorway on which they have been erected.