Is roadside clutter spoiling Dales views?
UP TO 70% of the signs on our rural roads are unnecessary and could be removed, a conference in Loughborough will be told today (Thursday, September 20) after an in-depth audit of such signs by the RAC and the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
This is a complaint that has been made many times by conservations in the Yorkshire Dales, who say that un-necessary signs damage the world-famous landscape.
Road safety campaigners also claim that the clutter of signs can actually achieve the reverse of what is intended, by taking drivers' eyes off the road as they try to absorb too much information.
On the winding, hilly roads of the Dales - which have some of the highest rates of accidents in the UK - this is particularly worrying.
The CPRE is urging the Government to follow the example of the Scottish Government and issue detailed policy guidance for highways authorities and engineers on how to address landscape issues in the designing of their roads and the fixing of signage.
Government policy should also require Highways Authorities to address clutter in the next round of Local Transport Plans in 2010. Creating a more distinctive environment can enhance the beauty of the countryside and encourage motorists to react more to their surroundings, driving more carefully and slowly as a result.