HC Deb 21 June 1961 vol 642 cc1449-50
5. Mr. H. Hynd

asked the Minister of Transport what progress has been made in standardising road signs with those of other European countries.

Mr. Marples

Signs on motorways already mainly follow continental design. I am considering whether we should have a general review of signs on other roads. Such a review would naturally embrace the questions whether, and how far, we should adopt the continental system.

Mr. Hynd

I wonder how far Continental people would adopt our system. In view of the increasing number of people who are taking cars across the Channel in both directions, is it not desirable that a decision should be reached as soon as possible?

Mr. Marples

The motorway signs have been absolutely first-class. I think that everybody has approved of them. As that inquiry was so successful, I am considering seriously whether we should have a similar inquiry into all our signs. At the moment I believe that there are too many signs, that they are not at all clear in some respects, and that they are not standard in some respects. Motorists should be able to find standard signs in any part of the country. It may well be that an inquiry will be held; I will go seriously into that matter.