Public Footpaths: Road Signs and Markings

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th September 2017.

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Photo of Matthew Offord Matthew Offord Conservative, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that national trails are properly signposted.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Natural England’s national quality standards for national trails include the principle that there should be a high quality of path infrastructure, with the long distance route easy to follow as a result of consistent, accurate and unobtrusive waymarking and destination signage.

This kind of infrastructure is put in place when national trails are first created and is then maintained with the help of annual Natural England grant aid to national trail partnerships. Natural England estimates that there are some 7,500 fingerposts and signposts serving the 13 English national trails.

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