British Road Signs 2002

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This article is a collection of photos of British road signs.

For simplicity, the photos in this article are structured using the following headings:

Warning Signs:Regulatory Signs:Informatory Signs:
JunctionsCompulsory ManoeuvresGeneral Road Features
BendsProhibited ManoeuvresCyclists and Pedestrians
Road HazardsMaximum Speed LimitsSelected Tourist Symbols
RailwaysMinimum Speed Limits
Other Road UsersProhibited Road Users
Environmental HazardsPermitted Road Users
Road WorksParking

Diagram Numbers

Under the law, only standard types of signs are permitted on public roads.

Each type of permitted sign is known by a unique diagram number.

 Crossroads Ahead - road continues straight Keep Left - Compulsory Castle
Diagram Number 504.1Diagram Number 610Diagram Number T2

The Law

At the time of writing (2014), road traffic signs in the United Kingdom are governed by the following regulations:

Area of United Kingdom (UK)Current Traffic Sign Regulations
Great Britain (GB) Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 (available hereExternal link).
Northern Ireland (NI) Traffic Signs Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1997 (available hereExternal link).

Although there are some minor differences between NI and GB, the underlying road sign system is the same throughout the UK.

About This Article

This article contains diagrams and photos of current standard road signs in the United Kingdom. The aim of the article is to show road signs in context and in correct usage. Each sign is referred to by its diagram number.

Not every type of sign is included in this article. The focus of this article is on signs with symbols, rather than text. For this reason, 'directional' type signs are not included. Old signs are also not included, if they are not within the current regulations.

For the purposes of this article, the only difference between NI and GB is that the GB regulations have a few extra signs that do not appear in the NI regulations. The signs (and diagram numbers) featured in this article are exactly the same, whether they are in NI or GB.

Not every sign in this article yet has a photo as some road signs are comparatively rare. This article is both an ongoing project and a challenge to collect photos for each type of sign. All the photos are contributions from Geograph Members. Please feel free to browse the article, and if you spot a sign with a missing photo, contributions are welcome...

Contributing Photographs

If you would like to add a photo from Geograph to this article, please edit this article directly (requires to be logged-in to Geograph). When editing the article, each photo should be carefully added in the correct place using its unique Geograph photo id. When adding photos, please observe the following rules:

Safety First
Roads are dangerous. If you are taking photos do not go anywhere or do anything that would be deemed unsafe or illegal under the Highway Code. Ensure you find a safe place to take photos and always follow the Highway CodeExternal link.

Rules for Photographs:
  1. The photo must prominently feature one road sign.
  2. The sign must be on a public road (highway) in the United Kingdom
  3. The sign must be current (i.e. in the current regulations.)
  4. The sign must be of one of the types referred to in this article.
  5. The photograph must show the context of the surrounding road environment.

Further Guidance:
To feature in this article, photos should be of good quality, preferably landscape orientation and preferably classed as 'geographs'. (The Geograph website has a helpful guide on the difference between 'geographs' and 'supplementals'.) The featured sign need not be the subject of the photo, and need not be the only sign in the photo, but it should appear larger and more prominent than any other signs. The sign should be large enough to be clearly legible when the photo is viewed as a thumbnail in the article. Permanent signs made on reflective board are preferred - internally illuminated signs are not preferred. It would be preferred if photos of signs were tagged to include the diagram number of the sign.

Links for Contributing Photos:
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