Yellow temp closure signs
Reported via desktop in the Confusing category anonymously at 13:04, Wed 1 December 2021
Sent to National Highways 1 minute later
I drive long distance, high mileage round the whole country's national network (which, may I say, I find is generally maintained and gritted to a high standard).
This is about temporary (yellow) works signs and is a national problem, not limited to just here. Basically, they are ALL awful. I drive at night a lot, I drive at the speed limit.
Problems: 1a/ FAR FAR too much text. Need standard text - "Night closure" or "all day closure". No essays please, I don't have time to read it, I'm at the speed limit (usually in cruise control.) 1b/ The date in BIG text 1c/ No other text. I really don't need to know the reason.
2/ Placed where I can see it. Lit by headlights. At a height where it is visible. In a font size I can read at the speed I am going. It is rare for yellow signs to be in a sensible place, far off in the verge is outside the headlight zone, they angle is often wrong too.
3/ Not placed in positions of high driver workload. Bottom of a slip lane - nope, I'm watching for what other traffic is doing. A popular placement, but 100% useless. I see the existence of the yellow sign but have no idea what it says, I'm watching other road users for abrupt lane changes at that point.
4/ Linked to your database of road closures. You would be amazed at how often there is a yellow sign warning of a temporary road closure and not a thing on your database. So I can't even look it up. Even after I have complained, this hasn't been fixed. (The counties tell me they tell you and you ignore them.)
5/ Subject to audit and review to make sure contractors comply with guidance. I don't feel you ever check.
6/ Placed such that critical sight lines are not blocked. Another common defect, I'm joining a fast road (limited access) and aghhh, can't see what is in the road, temp sign blocking the view. Contractors are surprisingly lazy as to where they put the signs.
6/ Hard to believe, but this happens too: the reflective materials come up black on black at night. Really true - 100% useless and obviously nobody has checked.
7/ Placed at a distance (from the closure) where I can do something about it. There seems to be a standard in closing a major road and not advising far enough away where there are route options.
8/ Making sure your website advises of road closures that are going to happen by the time I get there. Eg, I have checked a journey 10 mins before 21:00, not a mention. I get there (hours later) and incredibly the whole M4 is shut say (planned). What? How? Why did I bother checking?
Basically I have concluded that the yellow warning signs are a case of trying to do the right thing and badly failing at it, I would very much like you to over-haul the entire system and put in-place something that actually works!
Thanks for creating this site!
How long has it been like this? 12+ months