Incorrect 1 mile advance sign
Reported in the Sign issue category anonymously at 10:30, Sat 11 July 2020
Sent to Highways England less than a minute later
Https://goo.gl/maps/9BoqpbR5y1i5YEci9 The 1 mile advance sign on the southbound M1 approaching J39 is unlawful and misleading. Following the installation of ALR smart motorway, this is now a lane-drop junction, and the 'fork' sign of this type is ONLY allowed to be used where all lanes continue through the junction. It should also not be used on 4-lane carriageways. Only informing drivers of the lane drop at the ½mile sign on such a busy motorway is inadequate.
After investigation the 1m sign is incorrect, it is indicating to motorists that the M1 Jct 39 is a Grade Separated Junction and not a Lane drop junction as the current road layout is at Jct 39. The sign was likely installed as part of the SMART Motorways that covered the M1 J39 area. The sign is not unlawful as it complies with the traffic signs regulation but will need to be changed at some point to show the correct road layout.
Posted by Highways England at 16:13, Fri 24 July 2020
Apart from the sign, the road markings do not comply with Figure 7/7 in the Traffic Signs Manual Chapter 5. Hazard markings to diagram 1004.1 should be provided between Lanes 1 and 2 between the 1 mile sign and the 1/2mile sign to give advance warning to drivers of a lane drop.
Posted anonymously at 20:18, Monday
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