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Road signs

The Highway Authority provides signs in order to give information to the road user.

The The Highway Code  gives examples of the most common signs in normal use. Signs fall into certain groups:

  • regulatory signs - signs with red circles.
  • warning signs - mostly triangular.
  • direction signs - mostly rectangular. Destinations and map type.
  • information signs - mostly rectangular.

All signs on the highway must be authorised by the Authority. Special signs are allowed with prior approval of the Department for Transport, or if they are experimental and under trial.

Tourism signing

Tourism signing provides an important opportunity for both tourism businesses and local economies and will be implemented positively and constructively.

There is of course an advertising element as it helps to generate more impromptu visits. However the primary purpose is to safely guide those wishing to visit a tourist destination along the most appropriate route for the latter stages of their journey, or to indicate facilities that a tourist would not reasonably expect to find in that location.

Reporting problems with or requesting new road or direction signs

If you would like to report any problems with our road signs or request new road or direction signs please contact City Direct. You can also download our 'Report it' app to report damaged signs directly from the scene via your mobile device.