Derby City Council moving 'misleading' road sign after complaint

The authority agreed the sign should be moved 'to avoid any potential confusion', as Local Democracy Reporter Nigel Slater reports
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Derby City Council has confirmed it is moving a temporary traffic sign on a road where thousands of drivers have been fined - after a complaint was made that it was "misleading" to motorists.

Keen cyclist Bob North reported his concerns to the authority after seeing the temporary sign next to the council house in the city centre earlier this month.

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The yellow sign warns motorists and pedestrians travelling down Derwent Street that Corporation Street will be closed this Sunday (June 4) while the Derby half marathon - also known as the Ramathon - takes place.

However, it has been well documented that road restrictions are in place at Corporation Street already, meaning that the road can only be used by buses, taxis and cyclists between 7am and 7pm from Monday to Sunday.

Motorists who breach the restriction can be fined up to £70.

The Ramathon this Sunday takes place from 9.15am.

The 'misleading' traffic sign in Derby city centreThe 'misleading' traffic sign in Derby city centre
The 'misleading' traffic sign in Derby city centre

Recently, the Local Democracy Reporting Service reported that the city council had raised around £1.7million from fining drivers breaching the restriction.

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More than 50,000 fines have been issued since enforcement of the restrictions started in late 2021.

But Mr North, who has previously raised concerns about the restriction and the signage for it, argued with the council that the yellow sign was misleading and action should be taken.

In his complaint, he said: "There is a misleading large temporary sign placed at the bus lane entrance.

"It is likely drivers reading this will believe the road is closed on June 4 but on all other dates open for them to use and drive on.

"Doing this before 7pm will incur a penalty charge.

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"The sign being so large and in bright yellow will also attract drivers' attention so they fail to notice the smaller bus lane warnings."

Derby City Council officers said they analysed data since putting up the sign on May 18 and said there had not been an increase in contraventions of the restrictions.

However, the council agreed the sign should be moved "to avoid any potential confusion".

The response from Derby City Council's traffic and transport team said: "Having spoken to our traffic management team and visited the site we have decided to reposition the sign further along to avoid any potential confusion regarding the traffic management sign.

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"This will allow drivers to be aware that there is an upcoming road closure coming up without compromising the enforcement of the bus lane.

“The sign was put out on May 18, 2023, and having looked at the level of compliance for Corporation Street since the sign was put out there hasn't been an increase in contraventions.

"This live data indicates the sign is not causing drivers to contravene the restriction - however, we have decided that the location of the traffic management sign would be better positioned further along the restriction.

"Should drivers who receive a penalty charge notice raise the sign as the reason for them contravening the restriction our team will take a view on the situation as a whole and their challenge."