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Obscured signage

Reported via mobile in the Sign issue (NH) category anonymously at 10:10, Mon 19 September 2022

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 3833681.

I travelled the A47 and A12 across Norfolk and Suffolk at the weekend and was dismayed to find that at least 50% of signs had much less than the prescribed clear advanced visibility due to uncut tree branches and bushes. This is an obvious safety issue causing confusion to drivers affecting concentration. A similar percentage of signs were also dirty affecting their reflectivity. On a positive note the verge grass cutting was good. Please have your network inspected and ask the Highways Inspectors to look into this issue. Thanks

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  • Thank you for contacting National Highways regarding obscured signs on the A47. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention.

    Some sections would benefit from further vegetation cuts, none are which are safety critical at this stage.

    Although the advance visibility of some signs may not be as much as we would like, none of them are totally obscured. The majority are visible and we are continuing to rectify those that are not as we progress.

    However due to various reasons such budget constraints and resources, we are concentrating on the safety critical areas first.

    As Highway inspectors, we undertake a weekly safety inspection of each route every 7 days. Any safety issues identified during these are dealt with accordingly.

    We also carry out a detailed walked inspection, annually, where we grade the condition of each of our assets. This enables us to accurately monitor for any signs of any deterioration and to assist us in the programming of renewals works prior to the failure of the asset.

    Thank you again for contacting us. If you need more information about this, please feel free to contact our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 500 or by email at

    Kind regards

    National Highway

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted anonymously at 14:00, Wed 21 September 2022

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