THE cabinet member for Solihull’s transport and highways has given a cautious welcome to government plans to de-clutter roads of ‘confusing and unnecessary’ signs.
Councillor Ted Richards (Con, Castle Bromwich) told the Solihull News he would welcome reducing the number of signs on the road, as proposed by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, but not to the detriment of road users’ safety.
The Government is currently working on new guidance for local councils and highway chiefs on reducing the number of signs.
Coun Richards said: “Solihull Council has already done some work to de-clutter our roads of unnecessary signs and in some cases I do think this is appropriate.
“For example, if there are double yellow lines on the road, we don’t need a sign telling motorists not to park there unless there are other specific restrictions.
“I don’t think Solihull has any more of a problem than other areas with this but I know it can be a concern, particularly in rural parts where the impact on the environment can be an issue.
“What we have to be mindful of is that we continue to keep our roads safe for motorists by keeping necessary signs in place.”
The Government proposals were due to be formally announced by Mr McLoughlin, to members of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.