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DRIVING FOR WORK INNOVATION ON NORTH WEST MOTORWAY

State-of-the-art M6 motorway message signs have been switched on by the HA

The Higways Agency has switched on M6 motorway signs in Cumbria providing earlier warning of incidents and bad weather to drivers using the motorway. 

The eight large, distinctive square overhead signs in Cumbria are the first motorway signs anywhere in the North West that display pictures and symbols as well as words.

The signs are linked to roadside weather monitors and automatically display adverse weather warnings.

Keeping drivers informed is top priority

Highways Agency project sponsor Stephen Brown said:

“Pictograms are more conspicuous to drivers at greater distances than text, providing earlier warning of hazards ahead and the internationally recognised symbols can be understood by non-English-speaking drivers.

“Keeping drivers informed is a top priority for the Highways Agency and providing real-time traffic information about road conditions and incidents will allow drivers to make informed choices during their journeys.

“These signs along with other roadside technology are connected to our National Traffic Control Centre which provides websites and the media, including 250 radio stations, with traffic information so drivers can also plan their journeys before setting off.”

Safety at roadworks

The Highways Agency is working with the industry and road users to reduce the risks of working on the roads. The key messages for the safety of road workers and all road users when you are approaching roadworks are:

  • Keep within the speed limit – it is there for your safety;
  • Get into the correct lane in good time – don’t keep switching;
  • Concentrate on the road ahead, not the roadworks;
  • Be alert for works’ traffic leaving or entering roadworks;
  • Keep a safe distance – there could be queues in front; and
  • Observe all signs – they are there to help you.

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