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Simply defined, yet although the signs around us play an essential part of our daily lives, they are often taken for granted.

As the first line of communication, the impact of a quality sign in today's image conscious world should not be underestimated.

CKG provides the complete service including Advice, Consultation, Site Investigations, Sign Inventories and Surveys, Detailed Design, Schedules Location Plans, manufacture and installation.

Clear and high quality signing can improve the Environment. By guiding the appropriate traffic along the correct routes,  may reduce congestion, thus reducing vehicular pollution. With modern approaches, consideration and materials, the design of the signs can be rationalised for the surrounding area/junction which in turn can reduce street clutter, obstructions, distractions and visual pollution. Certain direction and warning signs no longer require illumination, therefore eliminating light pollution.

Signing using the latest materials (may also be using in conjunction with road markings, traffic regulation orders etc) can influence: movement of traffic and types of traffic, average speed of traffic, reduce traffic conflict and in doing so, reducing the number of crashes and their severity.

Clear signing makes it easier for the user to read, which can reduce a drivers hesitation on the road, often a cause of collisions!!!

Good signing can save businesses money by reducing the amount of time that goods are lost by drivers looking for a specific destination or route.

There is a hierarchy for providing signs on Motorway, Trunk and All Purpose Dual-Carriageways, Principal Routes through to Local Roads.

These differing types are signs all have different Design Rules and Regulations, however, all signs designed for UK roads must conform to:

2002 Statutory Instruments No. 3113 "Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002"

British Standard 873  

The Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 1 (1982) - Introduction


  Chapter 3 (1986) - Regulatory Signs


  Chapter 4 (2004) - Warning Signs


  Chapter 5 (2003) - Road Markings


  Chapter 7 (2003) - The Design of Traffic Signs

Local Transport Note 1/94 The Design and use of Directional Informatory Signs

Department for Transport "Working Drawings"  

There are also differing needs for providing traffic signs, the more common include:

Motorway. White Letters, Symbols & Border, Blue background.

Trunk Road/Primary Route. White Letters Symbols & Border, Yellow Route Numbers. Green Background. - Uses Patches & Panels

Local Road. Black Letters, Symbols & Border, White Background. - Uses Patches & Panels.

Regulatory. Signs giving Orders. Mostly Circular in Shape.

Warning. Signs warning of a hazard. Mostly Triangular in Shape.

Informatory/Advisory. Signs giving information. Rectangular in Shape.

Car Parking. Black Letters, White Background. White Parking Symbol on a Blue Background Patch.
Tourism. White Letters, Symbols & Border,  Brown Background.
Advisory Lorry Route. White Letters, Symbols & Border,  Black Background.
Temporary. Either White Letters, Symbols & Border,  Red Background. OR  Black Letters, Symbols & Border,  Yellow Background.

Pedestrian Directional. Several combinations.

Cycle Directional. White Letters, Symbols & Border, Blue background..

Road Works. Signs giving Orders, Instructions and Information connected with Road Works/Maintenance.

Road Markings. Either White or Yellow.

There are also alternative types of design for direction signs, that are placed on the Highway to define different situations, the common ones are known as:

Gantry. Gantry signs are placed over the Carriageway usually placed on a Motorway or All Purpose Dual-Carriageway. 

Map Type
Advanced Direction Sign (ADS).
The Map Type sign is a pictorial layout of the junction ahead giving the motorist advanced warning (e.g. Cross-roads or Roundabout)

Stack Type
Advanced Direction Sign (ADS).
The Stack Type sign is a simple layout, giving the destination a direction (Using an arrow) 

Flag Type
Direction Sign (DS).
The Flag Type sign is placed at the junction to where the destination is pointing. Usually used as a confirmation sign after the ADS. 


Primary Route Map Sign Local Road Flag Sign Tourism Sign Pedestrian Fingerpost Sign