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Signing Off - Engineers Pave The Way For Safer Streets
Wednesday 4th May, 2005

Signing Off - Engineers Pave The Way For Safer Streets
Sign Of The Times: Street Scene Co-ordinator Paul Dandy and Street Lighting Superintendent Alan Ashton with some of the many signs they have removed from the highways.

A thousand signs have been removed from the streets of Wigan Borough as part of an effort to make the pavements safer.

New traffic laws mean that many no parking signs are no longer needed.

The At Any Time signs can now be removed from stretches of road where there are double yellow lines - so that's exactly what the council's doing.

"We want to make our street scene more accessible for pedestrians. This job will improve the look of our streets and cut down on maintenance,"

says Street Scene boss Paul Dandy.

"This means valuable resources can be diverted into maintaining other parts of the street scene. So far we've removed more than 1,000 unnecessary signs and 300 poles around the borough but there are still several thousand to go."

The highways team expect all the signs to be clear by October. Street Lighting Superintendent Alan Ashton adds:

"As well as removing signs, we're getting rid of many damaged poles. We want our street furniture looking good and well maintained."

However the team is keen to stress to motorists that double yellow lines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including public and bank holidays.

They are enforceable whether a sign is present or not. Double yellow lines are there for safety reasons in areas where parking could cause a serious obstruction. Motorists are urged to avoid parking where restrictions apply.

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