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Road Signs

Volume 387: debated on Thursday 1 December 1977

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What information the large yellow backed road signs exhibiting black triangles, diamonds, circles and squares now proliferating in the West Midlands meant to convey to the motorist; and whether they will be included in the new

Highway Code for everyone's information.

These new signs mark routes for traffic to follow when some emergency requires a section of motorway to be closed. They guide drivers from the motorway and back to it beyond the point of closure. Because the signs are at present individually authorised for each route and have not yet been prescribed in regulations for general use, they are not being included in the new Highway Code; but they have received press publicity and an explanatory leaflet has been produced for distribution to drivers. I shall be sending the noble Lord a copy of the leaflet and copies have been placed in the Library.House adjourned at ten minutes before eight o'clock.