Information about the road ahead
These signs indicate the loss of the right-hand lane on a dual carriageway road or one-way street. The signs may be reversed to indicate the loss of the left-hand lane. The number of ahead lanes is varied as appropriate. The signs are often used at the end of a climbing lane and may include a distance (as shown for the motorway sign)
Signs for lay-bys and parking areas
Signs indicating county, town or village boundaries may include a crest or logo, a message of welcome, a phrase about a local geographical or historical feature, or the names of twin towns. They may be any shape or colour. The town and village signs may also include tourist attraction symbols and road safety messages. A speed limit sign may be placed in combination with a boundary sign at a village gateway. Other signs may show the name of a river, inland waterway, bridge or tunnel.
|Hospitals with accident and emergency departments, or minor injury units, are indicated by red signs. The words "not 24 hrs" are omitted when facilities are available at all times||Blue signs indicate hospitals without accident and emergency facilities|
The route to a hospital may be indicated on direction signs by the“H” symbol on a red or blue patch, denoting whether accident and emergency facilities are available or not
Signs for pedestrians
Temporary signs are put out when vehicles are to be stopped for an excise licence check or vehicle inspection. These signs may apply to specific types of vehicle such as goods vehicles or buses, and they may indicate which lanes to use.
|These temporary signs are put out by the police to warn of potential danger or an accident ahead and the need to proceed with caution||These temporary signs are put out by the police to warn of potential danger or an accident ahead and the need to proceed with caution|
|Parking area reserved for police vehicles (the sign might say "Police vehicles only") or additionally, when varied to "Authorised vehicles only", vehicles such as those of the Highways Agency's Traffic Officers||Area where, from time to time, police carry out checks on the speed of vehicles|
Signs for traffic surveys
These temporary signs are used when traffic surveys are taking place. Vehicles may be directed to stop at the census point
Other information signs
|Where a road is physically closed part-way along its length to prevent its use by through traffic, this sign may be erected at the closure point. Vehicles should not be parked in a manner that would obstruct any gateway or opening that allows access for emergency vehicles||A temporary sign may be provided for up to three months following a permanent change to the road layout ahead. The sign may be varied to indicate the nature of the change, such as a new roundabout, or that the operation of traffic signals has been changed|