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Electronic speed signs malfunctioning

Reported via desktop in the Sign issue (NH) category anonymously at 18:35, Tue 23 May 2023

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4588342.

(Not sure if this went though the first time)

Between junction 3 and 4 on the M2 and possibly further back towards junction 2, the electronic temporary speed signs have been constantly displaying 40 every time I pass them for the past 2 weeks for no apparent reason. I've noticed this problem a lot in the past but not as consistent as recently.

This occurs when there is a normal level of traffic, no accidents, broken down vehicles or any other obvious reason. Also further down from junction 2, random lanes will have a 40 speed limit set but others don't which seems nonsensical.

The problem is that literally everyone ignores these signs and drives at normal motorway speeds, presumably under the assumption that they are faulty, which is potentially very dangerous when there is a legitimate reason for a reduced speed limit and nobody obeys it or if someone does decide to drive at the speed indicated by the signs in one of the middle lanes while everyone else around them is driving twice their speed.

I'm assuming the control system for the signs are broken or whoever is controlling them has no idea what they're doing.

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  • Thank you for your report concerning our electronic signs. We’re aware of an electrical issue effecting our signs in the area. We are in the process of working to repair these and are making good progress. Kind regards

    National Highways

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by National Highways at 16:49, Thu 25 May 2023

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