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Traffic Signs

Signs giving orders
Signs with red circles are mostly prohibitive.
Plates below signs qualify their messages

20mph Zone Entry sign
Entry to 20 mph zone
End of 20mph zone
End of 20 mph zone
Maximum speed sign
Maximum speed
National Speed limit sign
National speed limit applies
School Crossing Sign
School crossing patrol
Stop sign
Stop and give way
Give way sign
Give way to traffic on major road
Manually operated stop sign
Manually operated temporary
Manually operated go sign
STOP and GO signs
No entry sign
No entry for vehicular traffic
No vehicles except bikes
No vehicles except bicycles being pushed
No cycling
No cycling
No motor vehicles
No motor vehicles
No Busses sign
No buses (over 8 passenger seats)
No overtaking sign
No overtaking
No towed caravans
No towed caravans
No vehicles carrying explosive
No vehicles carrying explosives
No overlength vehicles
No vehicle or combination of vehicles over length shown
No overheight vehicles
No vehicles over height shown
No vehicles over width shown
No vehicles over width shown
Give priority to oncoming vehicles
Give priority to vehicles from opposite direction
No right turn sign
No right turn
No left turn sign
No left turn
No U turns sign
No U-turns
No goods vehicles over weight shown
No goods vehicles over maximum gross weight shown (in tonnes) except for loading and unloading
No overwight vehicles sign
No vehicles over maximum gross weight shown (in tonnes)
Permit holders only sign
Parking restricted to permit holders
No Waiting
No waiting
No stopping during periods shown sign
No stopping during period indicated except for buses
No stopping
No stopping (Clearway)
No stopping except to drop off and pick up
No stopping during times shown except for as long as necessary to set down or pick up passengers

Signs with blue circles but no red border mostly give positive instruction.

Ahead only
Ahead only
Turn left ahead sign
Turn left ahead (right if symbol reversed)
Turn left sign
Turn left (right if symbol reversed)
Keep left sign
Keep left (right if symbol reversed)
Vehicles may pass either side
Vehicles may pass either side to reach same destination
Mini roundabout
Mini-roundabout (roundabout circulation - give way to vehicles from the immediate right)
Pedal cycles route only
Route to be used by pedal cycles only
Segregated Pedal cycles and pedestrians
Segregated pedal cycle and pedestrian route
Maximum speed sign
Minimum speed
End of Minimum speed sign
End of minimum speed
Buses and cycles only
Buses and cycles only
Trams only
Trams only
Pedestrian crossing point over tramway
Pedestrian crossing point over tramway
One-way traffic
One-way traffic
With floaw bus and cycle lane sign
With-flow bus and cycle lane
Contra-flow bus lane sign
Contra-flow bus lane
With-flow pedal cycle lane
With-flow pedal cycle lane

Warning Signs

Mostly triangular

Distance to STOP
Distance to 'STOP' line ahead
Dual carriage-way ends
Dual carriage-way ends
Road narrows on right
Road narrows on right (left if symbol reversed)
Road narrows on both sides
Road narrows on both sides
Distance to Give Way
Distance to 'Give Way' line ahead
Crossroads
Crossroads
Junction on bend ahead
Junction on bend ahead
T-junction with priority over vehicles

T-junction with priority over vehicles from the right
Staggered junction
Staggered junction
Traffic merging from left
Traffic merging from left ahead
The priority through route is indicated by the broader line
Double bend
Double bend first to left (symbol may be reversed)
Bend to right
Bend to right (or left if symbol reversed)
Roundabout
Roundabout
Uneven road
Uneven road
Plate below some signs
Plate below some signs
Two-way traffic crosses
Two-way traffic crosses one-way road
Two-way traffic straight ahead
Two-way traffic straight ahead
Opening or swing bridge ahead
Opening or swing bridge ahead
Low-flying aircraft
Low-flying aircraft or sudden aircraft noise
Falling or fallen rocks
Falling or fallen rocks
Traffic signals not in use
Traffic signals not in use
Traffic signals
Traffic signals
Slippery road
Slippery road
Steep hill downwards
Steep hill downwards
Steep hill upwards
Steep hill upwards
Tunnel ahead
Tunnel ahead
Trams crossing ahead
Trams crossing ahead
Level crossing with barrier
Level crossing with barrier or gate ahead
Level crossing without barrier or gate
Level crossing without barrier or gate ahead
Level crossing without barrier
Level crossing without barrier
School crossing patrol ahead
School crossing patrol ahead (some signs have amber lights which flash when children are crossing)
Frail pedestrians likely
Frail (or blind or disabled if shown) pedestrians likely to cross road ahead
Pedestrians in road ahead
Pedestrians in road ahead
Zebra crossing
Zebra crossing
Overhead electric cable
Overhead electric cable; plate indicates maximum height of vehicles which can pass safely
Available width of headroom
Available width of headroom indicated
Sharp deviation of route
Sharp deviation of route to left (or right if chevrons reversed)
Light signals ahead
Light signals ahead at level crossing, airfield or bridge
Miniature warning lights
Miniature warning lights at level crossings
Cattle
Cattle
Wild animals
Wild animals
Wild horses or ponies
Wild horses or ponies
Accompanied horses or ponies
Accompanied horses or ponies
Cycle route ahead
Cycle route ahead
Risk of ice
Risk of ice
Traffic queues likely
Traffic queues likely ahead
Distance over which road humps extend
Distance over which road humps extend
Other danger
Other danger; plate indicates nature of danger
Soft verges
Soft verges
Side winds
Side winds
Hump bridge
Hump bridge
Worded warning sign
Worded warning sign
Quayside or river bank
Quayside or river bank
Risk of grounding
Risk of grounding

Direction signs

Mostly rectangular

Signs on motorways - blue backgrounds

Junction leading directly to motorway
At a junction leading directly into a motorway (junction number may be shown on a black background)
Approaches to junctions
On approaches to junctions (junction number on black background)
Route confirmatory sign
Route confirmatory sign after junction
Get in lane Sign
Downward pointing arrows mean 'Get in lane'. The left-hand lane leads to a different destination from the other lanes.
Leave the motorway at next junction
The panel with the inclined arrow indicates the destinations which can be reached by leaving the motorway at the next junction

Signs on primary routes - green backgrounds

On approaches to junctions
On approaches to junctions
At the junction
At the junction
Route confirmatory sign
Route confirmatory sign after junction
On approaches to junctions
On approaches to junctions
Ring road sign
Primary route ring road
Primary route forming part of a ring road
On approach to a junction (Welsh)
On approach to a junction in Wales (bilingual)

Signs on non-primary and local routes - black borders

On junction approach sign
On approaches to junctions
On approach to junction sign
At the junction sign
At the junction
Direction to toilets
Direction to toilets with access for the disabled

Other direction signs

Picnic site
Picnic site
Ancient monument sign
Ancient monument in the care of English Heritage
Direction to a car park
Direction to a car park
Tourist attraction
Tourist attraction
Direction to camping and caravan site
Direction to camping and caravan site
Advisory route for lorries
Advisory route for lorries
Route for pedal cycles
Route for pedal cycles forming part of a network
Recommended route for pedal cycles
Recommended route for pedal cycles to place shown
Route for pedestrians
Route for pedestrians
Diversion route
Diversion route
Emergency diversion route for motorway
Symbols showing emergency diversion route for motorway and other main road traffic

Information Signs

All rectangular

Entrance to controlled parking zone
Entrance to controlled parking zone
Entrance to congestion charging zone
Entrance to congestion charging zone
End of controlled parking zone
End of controlled parking zone
Advance warning of restriction
Advance warning of restriction or prohibition ahead
Parking place for solo motorcycles
Parking place for solo motorcycles
With-flow bus lane ahead
With-flow bus lane ahead which pedal cycles and taxis may also use
Lane designated for use by high occupancy vehicles
Lane designated for use by high occupancy vehicles (HOV) - see rule 142
Vehicles permitted to use an HOV lane
Vehicles permitted to use an HOV lane ahead
End of motorway
End of motorway
Start of motorway
Start of motorway and point from which motorway regulations apply
Appropriate traffic lanes at junction
Appropriate traffic lanes at junction ahead
Priority over joining traffic
Traffic on the main carriageway coming from right has priority over joining traffic
Main carriageway has priority
Additional traffic joining from left ahead. Traffic on main carriageway has priority over joining traffic from right hand lane of slip road.
Right lane has priority
Traffic in right hand lane of slip road joining the main carriageway has priority over left hand lane.
motorway countdown markers
'Countdown' markers at exit from motorway
Motorway service area sign
Motorway service area sign showing the operator's name
Traffic has priority
Traffic has priority over oncoming vehicles
Hospital ahead sign
Hospital ahead with Accident and Emergency facilities
Tourist information point
Tourist information point
No through road for vehicles
No through road for vehicles
Recommended route for pedal cycles
Recommended route for pedal cycles
Home Zone Entry
Home Zone Entry
Area in which speed cameras are used
Area in which cameras are used to enforce traffic regulations
Bus lane on road at junction ahead
Bus lane on road at junction ahead

Road works signs

Road works
Road works
Loose chippings
Loose chippings
Temporary hazard at road works
Temporary hazard at road works
Temporary lane closure
Temporary lane closure (the number and position of arrows and red bars may be varied according to lanes open and closed)
Slow moving or stationary works vehicle
Slow moving or stationary works vehicle blocking traffic lane. Pass in the direction shown by the arrow
Mandatory speed limit ahead
Mandatory speed limit ahead
Road works 1 mile ahead sign
Road works 1 mile ahead
End of road works sign
End of road works and any temporary restrictions
Sign on slow moving vehicle
Signs used on the back of slow-moving or stationary vehicles warning of a lane closed ahead by a works vehicle. There are no cones on the road
Lane restrictions at road works ahead
Lane restrictions at road works ahead
One lane crossover at contraflow road works
One lane crossover at contraflow road works