Cambridgeshire County Council

Transport written question – answered on 1st November 2005.

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Photo of David Howarth David Howarth Shadow Minister, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the reasons are for his Department's ruling that Cambridgeshire county council may not decide whether it should install signs saying No Entry Except for Cyclists or No Entry Except for Buses but must follow a central standard.

Photo of Karen Buck Karen Buck Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

holding answer 28 October 2005

The design and use of traffic signs is specified in national regulations so that signs will be used consistently and safely. No-entry signs are safety critical signs that are used with physical barriers or to prevent conflicts and collisions between opposing streams of traffic. The combination with Except buses" plates has been permitted for contraflow bus lanes in one-way streets or other bus-only facilities that it is clearly not appropriate for other vehicles to use. We do not believe that cyclists should be encouraged to cycle past no-entry signs, and the use of except cycles" plates with no-entry signs is specifically prohibited by the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD). There are other sign designs available to indicate routes that cycles and buses, but not other motor vehicles, can use.

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Chris Lightfoot
Posted on 7 Nov 2005 1:08 pm (Report this annotation)

The background to this is the desire to make certain streets in Cambridge usable by cyclists in both directions, but not by motor vehicles except for access. The idea is to make one end of the street "no entry except for cyclists", but the current regulations for traffic signs would prohibit the erection of such signs. The alternative is to physically barricade one end of each street against motorists, leaving a space for cyclists to pass; or to build an island between the roadway and a cycle lane, with the former signed "no entry". Either is obviously much more expensive than just erecting a nice simple sign.

See, e.g., this discussion: