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Road Signs


Warning Signs

(other than those for low bridges, railway and tramway level crossings, bus and pedal cycle facilities, traffic calming and road works)

Distance to
STOP line
Distance to
Traffic signals
Traffic signals that operate only at certain times

Side road

The priority through the junction is indicated by the broader line

Traffic merges from the left
Traffic merges onto main carriageway
Bend to right (left if symbol reversed)

Double bend first to the left (right if symbol reversed)
Junction on a bend (symbols may be reversed)
Plate used with "roundabout" or "bend" signs
Adverse Camber on the road ahead

Risk of lorries overturning on bend to the left (right if symbol reversed)

Sharp deviation of route to the left (right if chevrons reversed) (alternative designs)

Block paving incorporated into a roundabout to indicate sharp deviation of route

Plate used with warning signs where a reduction in speed is necessary
Road narrows on both sides
Road narrows on right (left if symbol reversed)

Narrow Road ahead with oncoming vehicles
Single file traffic in each direction
Road wide enough for only one line of vehicles

End of dual carriageway
Two-way traffic
Two-way traffic on
route crossing ahead

Near-side edge of carriageway or obstruction near that edge (alternative shapes). White markers are used on the off-side edge and amber ones on the off-side edge of a dual carriageway

Worded warning. "Ford" may be varied to "Flood", "Gate", "Gates" or "No smoking"
Try brakes after crossing a ford or before descending a steep hill Steep hill
downwards (10% is equivalent to 1:10)
Steep hill upwards (20% is equivalent to 1:5)

Sign used with "steep hill" or "try your brakes" signs
Plates used with "steep hill" signs

Opening or swing bridge Quayside
Quayside or river bank

End of bridge parapet, abutment wall, tunnel mouth etc.
Water course alongside road
Soft verges for distance shown

Hump bridge
Uneven road
Slippery roadside

Side winds
Distance to hazard
Distance and direction to hazard
Distance over which hazard extends

Low-flying aircraft
or sudden aircraft noise
Gliders likely
Low-flying helicopters
or sudden helicopter noise
Risk of falling
or fallen rocks

Traffic queues likely ahead
Slow-moving military vehicles likely to be in or crossing the road
Slow-moving vehicles for distance shown
Risk of ice. "Ice" may be varied to "Snowdrifts"

Warning of signals - "FIRE" maybe varied to "AMBULANCE"

Other danger. The plate indicates the nature of the hazard

Zebra crossing
Pedestrians in road for distance shown
Frail pedestrians likely to cross
Disabled pedestrians. "Disabled" may be varied to "Blind"

Children going to or from school
Alternative plates used with "school" sign
Lights warning of children likely to be crossing the road on their way to or from school (used with "school" sign)

Pedestrians likely to be crossing a high-speed road where there is no formal crossing point
Horse-drawn vehicles likely to be in the road
Accompanied horses or ponies likely to be in or crossing the road

Wild horses or ponies
Wild animals
Wild fowl
Migratory toad crossing

Agricultural vehicles
Area infected by animal disease

Cattle grid with indication of bypass for horse-drawn vehicles and animals


Supervised cattle crossing ahead

Supervised cattle crossing

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