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Traffic signs removal work praised
8:58am Wednesday 9th January 2013 in News
WORK on removing “unnecessary” traffic signs in York has won Government praise.
In a letter to traffic bosses across the UK, Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin singled out York as an example of an area which was ahead of the field in cutting down on “sign clutter”.
He said City of York Council had audited every sign in its conservation areas with a view to removing them unless there was “a very clear need” through a pilot scheme which cost less than £1,000, adding that the work would pay for itself within four years due to lower maintenance and energy bills.
The Department for Transport has sent all traffic authorities guidance on reducing sign clutter, and Coun Dave Merrett, the council’s cabinet member for transport, planning and sustainability, said the praise reflected the “excellent work” on the Reinvigorate York city-centre facelift scheme.
Sir Ron Cooke who chairs Reinvigorate York, said: “The Government has finally recognised what York has been arguing for years – that traffic signs, especially in pedestrianised areas, blight the enjoyment and safety of heritage cities like York.
“The latest report recognises the success and value of York’s policy of removing unnecessary clutter, obsolete, temporary and misleading signs, unnecessary and unmaintained road markings and dangerous barriers and bollards.”