Traffic Signs

Signs giving orders

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

Entry to 20 mph zone sign
Entry to 20 mph zone
End of 20 mph zone sign
End of 20 mph zone
40 mph maximum speed sign
Maximum speed
national speed limit sign
National speed limit applies
School crossing patrol sign
School crossing patrol
Stop sign
Give way sign
Manually operated stop sign
Manually operated go sign
Stop and give way
Give way to traffic on major road
Manually operated temporary STOP and GO signs
No entry for vehicular traffic
no vehicles except bicycles
No vehicles except bicycles being pushed
No cycling sign
No cycling
no motor vehicles sign
No motor vehicles
No buses sign
No buses (over 8 passenger seats)

No overtaking
No towed caravans
No towed caravans
no vehicles carrying explosive
No vehicles carrying explosives
No vehicles over length shown
No vehicle or combination of vehicles over length shown

No vehicles over height shown

No vehicles over width shown
Give way to oncoming vehicles sign
Give priority to vehicles from opposite direction
No right turn sign
No right turn
No left turn sign
No left turn
No U-turn sign
No U-turns

No goods vehicles over maximum gross weight shown (in tonnes) except for loading and unloading
No vehicles over gross weight shown weak bridge
No vehicles over maximum gross weight shown (in tonnes)
Permit holders only sign
Parking restricted to permit holders
No stopping at any ime except for buses red route
No stopping during period indicated except for buses
No stopping at times shown sign
No stopping during times shown except for as long as necessary to set down or pick up passengers
No waiting
No waiting
No stopping clearway
No stopping (Clearway)

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

Ahead only

Turn left ahead (right if symbol reversed)

Turn left (right if symbol reversed)

Keep left (right if symbol reversed)

Vehicles may pass either side to reach same destination

Mini-roundabout (roundabout circulation - give way to vehicles from the immediate right)

Route to be used by pedal cycles only

Segregated pedal cycle and pedestrian route

Minimum speed

End of minimum speed

Buses and cycles only

Trams only

Pedestrian crossing point over tramway

One-way traffic

With-flow bus and cycle lane

Contra-flow bus lane

With-flow pedal cycle lane

Warning Signs

Mostly traingular

Distance to 'STOP' line ahead

Dual carriage-way ends

Road narrows on right (left if symbol reversed)

Road narrows on both sides

Distance to 'Give Way' line ahead


Junction on bend ahead

T-junction with priority over vehicles from the right

Staggered junction

Traffic merging from left ahead

The priority is indicated by the broader line

Double bend first to left (symbol may be reversed)

Bend to right (or left if symbol reversed)


Uneven road

Plate below some signs

Two-way traffic crosses one-way road

Two-way traffic straight ahead

Opening or swing bridge ahead

Low-flying aircraft or sudden aircraft noise

Falling or fallen rocks

Traffic signals not in use

Traffic signals

Slippery road

Steep hill downwards

Steep hill upwards

Tunnel ahead

Trams crossing ahead

Level crossing with barrier or gate ahead

Level crossing without barrier or gate ahead

Level crossing without barrier

School crossing patrol ahead (some signs have amber lights which flash when children are crossing)

Frail (or blind or disabled if shown) pedestrians likely to cross road ahead

Pedestrians in road ahead

Zebra crossing

Overhead electric cable; plate indicates maximum height of vehicles which can pass safely

Available width of headroom indicated

Sharp deviation of route to left (or right if chevrons reversed)

Light signals ahead at level crossing, airfield or bridge

Miniature warning lights at level crossings


Wild animals

Wild horses or ponies

Accompanied horses or ponies

Cycle route ahead

Risk of ice

Traffic queues likely ahead

Distance over which road humps extend

Other danger; plate indicates nature of danger

Soft verges

Side winds

Hump bridge

Worded warning sign

Quayside or river bank
Risk of grounding

Direction signs

Mostly rectangular

Signs on motorways – blue backgrounds

At a junction leading directly into a motorway (junction number may be shown on a black background)

On approaches to junctions (junction number on black background)

Route confirmatory sign after junction

Downward pointing arrows mean 'Get in lane'. The left-hand lane leads to a different destination from the other lanes.

The panel with the inclined arrow indicates the destinations which can be reached by leaving the motorway at the next junction

Signs on primary routesgreen backgrounds

On approaches to junctions

At the junction

On approaches to junctions

On approach to a junction in Wales (bilingual)

Route confirmatory sign after junction
Primary route forming part of a ring road

Signs on non-primary and local routesblack borders

At the junction

Direction to toilets with access for the disabled
On approaches to junctions

Other direction signs

Picnic site

Ancient monument in the care of English Heritage

Direction to a car park

Tourist attraction

Direction to camping and caravan site

Advisory route for lorries

Route for pedal cycles forming part of a network

Recommended route for pedal cycles to place shown

Route for pedestrians

Symbols showing emergency diversion route for motorway and other main road traffic

Diversion route

Information Signs

All rectangular

Entrance to controlled parking zone

Entrance to congestion charging zone

End of controlled parking zone

Advance warning of restriction or prohibition ahead

Parking place for solo motorcycles

With-flow bus lane ahead which pedal cycles and taxis may also use

Lane designated for use by high occupancy vehicles (HOV) - see rule 142

Vehicles permitted to use an HOV lane ahead

End of motorway

Start of motorway and point from which motorway regulations apply

Appropriate traffic lanes at junction ahead

Traffic on the main carriageway coming from right has priority over joining traffic

Additional traffic joining from left ahead. Traffic on main carriageway has priority over joining traffic from right hand lane of slip road.

Traffic in right hand lane of slip road joining the main carriageway has priority over left hand lane.

'Countdown' markers at exit from motorway

Motorway service area sign showing the operator's name

Traffic has priority over oncoming vehicles

Hospital ahead with Accident and Emergency facilities

Tourist information point

No through road for vehicles

Recommended route for pedal cycles

Home Zone Entry

Area in which cameras are used to enforce traffic regulations

Bus lane on road at junction ahead

Road works signs

Road works

Loose chippings

Temporary hazard at road works

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 blocking traffic lane. Pass in the direction shown by the arrow

Mandatory speed limit ahead

Road works 1 mile ahead

End of road works and any temporary restrictions

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

One lane crossover at contraflow road works