Old Signs

Britain's current road signs were brought in around 1963. Before that time, we used a very different system of road signs, some of which still somehow survive. This page presents a number of photos of these old-style signs. Many of them have been removed since being photographed and the number of signs like these on our roads shrinks every year.

Aldwych, London

All of these signs were removed in about 2009.

Southwark, London

Elsewhere in the country

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Go west! New Ringways pages are here

A new set of Ringways pages are now online, looking at unbuilt motorways and road projects west of London.

No smoke without ire

London's Ultra Low Emission Zone has just expanded to cover the whole inner city, and across the UK, other cities are implementing their own Clean Air Zones. Is this the future?

Devon help us

Road signs are colour coded for different types of road, but in Devon there are more colours than anywhere else. What do Devon's colourful signs mean?

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