More than 9,000 'unnecessary' road signs torn down
More than 9,000 traffic signs will be removed from major and residential roads in a bid to reduce clutter.
Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin is urging more local authorities to follow suit, and has published a guide on how to remove signs in the most cost-efficient ways possible.
Dana Skelley, director of Roads at Transport for London, said: "Unnecessary street clutter can make the journeys of all road users awkward, regardless whether they are motorists, cyclists or pedestrians, and can dissuade people from visiting local areas."
The biggest decluttering is in the capital where 8,000 repeater signs are being torn down. These signs reinforce the meaning of the restriction imposed by the double red lines – "no stopping".
Shaun Spiers, chief executive of Campaign to Protect Rural England, added: "Individual signs may be added with the best intentions but before long can sprout into a forest of clutter that degrades our countryside and distracts drivers.
"Rather than being hectored by health and safety signs alerting of any possible risk, people driving on rural roads should be encouraged to expect to share minor rural roads with a range of other road users."