The Highway Authority provides signs in order to give
information to the road user.
Highway Code (new window) gives examples of the most
common signs in normal use on roads.
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 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.
Bedford Highways has a policy on the provision of tourist signing.
A copy of this policy can be provided on request.
Signs on the public highway that do not have
the approval of the highway authority are illegal.
However we recognise that some temporary signing can benefit the
community, for example signing for charitable and community
Bedford Highways has a policy on illegal signing. A copy of this
policy can be provided on request.
For further information please contact
Bedford Borough Council
Tel: (01234) 718003