Road Signs and Markings

Transport written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Peter Luff Peter Luff Conservative, Mid Worcestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what assessment he has made of the confidence of drivers in the information conveyed by dot matrix information signs on motorways and trunk roads.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Highways Agency carries out a continuous survey with road users, tracking satisfaction and expectations with the services provided by the agency including variable message signs (dot matrix information signs). In respect of surveys carried out during 2013-14, 9% of respondents said that the messages on these signs were unhelpful, while 72% of respondents found that the signage was mostly or completely accurate in the same period.

Nevertheless, I have asked my officials to examine once again the effectiveness of various approaches to messaging with a view to developing a coherent policy.

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