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Electronic road signs to no longer ‘continuously’ display safety messages

10:00 23 February 2016

The new electronic road sign in Rushmere

The new electronic road sign in Rushmere

The controversial £20,000 electric road signs in Ipswich will no longer “continuously” display safety messages, council chiefs have confirmed.

Five variable message signs (VMS) were built on key routes around the town in October last year, displaying traffic and safety information. The project cost £100,000 in total.

But Star readers criticised the road signs, which displayed safety messages such as reminding motorists to wear seatbelts and to be aware of cyclists. Some claimed they “distracted drivers”.

A Suffolk County Council spokesman said: “The matrix signs are to alert road users of emerging incidents and events that they need to be made aware of. It was never the intention for them to show messages continuously. They are adaptable to the circumstances required.”

5 comments

  • Good point about the lumps and bumps ... Perhaps the signs should say please watch out for the pot holes ! Lots of them about now...still SCC are not interested in maintaining the roads.

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    deeber

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • The road sign shown was removed two months ago Ipswich Star. But that's what happens when the local so called rag is printed in Carrot cruncher land!.

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    soulboy

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • its true a total waste of money they should use money for roads as they full of bumpe and lumps

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    glenn david arnold

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • so have I got to look out for bikes or not?i'm confused

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    cripster

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

  • Definitely a solution looking for a problem then as previously stated. On the one hand they have no money and then they waste it like this. Why didn't they know they wouldn't be used all the time? Didn't they notice that the big signs on the A14 don't get used for much that is useful? If this government and county council didn't waste so much money could the afford to cut the grass or support decent public transport?

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    amsterdam81

    Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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