Direction signs on public highways | Oxfordshire County Council

Direction signs on public highways

How we decide when and where to put up direction signs on public highways.

How we decide where to put signs

Clear, concise signs do an important job guiding traffic and improving road safety by pointing out junctions and easing uncertainty about the route to follow. A signpost with too many destinations will become confusing.

Signs should not be added piecemeal to a signpost as this obstructs lines of sight, can detract from road safety and damage the environment of our towns, villages and countryside. Our policies include careful consideration of these issues to limit the impact of 'signs clutter'.

Signs to where?

Our policy is to consider local direction signs (where there is a demonstrable need) to the following:

  • Colleges and schools
  • Public libraries
  • Government offices
  • Hospitals
  • Police stations
  • Assembly halls
  • Toilets
  • Bus/rail stations and airports
  • Cemeteries and crematoria
  • Churches and chapels
  • Ministry of Defence establishments
  • Shopping areas located away from main through traffic routes

We may consider other destinations for local direction signs on their individual merits as public amenities or where, in our judgement, good road safety and traffic management reasons exist.

Traffic signs are not advertisements and cannot include commercial names or legends.

Tourist signs

Applications for the familiar brown tourist signs are considered by us on the basis of their necessity (not the Tourist Board).

Street nameplates

The final stage of a journey is more often guided by street nameplates in towns and villages. These are provided by the district councils and enquiries or requests about street nameplates should be made to them.  

Last reviewed
11 January 2016
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