Authorised traffic signs in Cambridge

Ben Harris made this Freedom of Information request to Cambridgeshire County Council

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Dear Sir or Madam,

Could you please send me a list of all traffic signs in the city of Cambridge that have either been specially authorised by the Secretary of State for Transport (or a predecessor) or are placed in accordance with a special direction issued by the Secretary of State (or a predecessor), as described in paragraph 2.1 of chapter 3 of the Traffic Signs Manual?

Yours faithfully,

Ben Harris

Lunn Karen, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Sir,

In order to send out copies of the sign authorisations that have been
requested I will need a postal address as this information is not held
electronically.

Regards

Karen Lunn - Project Engineer, City & South Network Management Team
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Dear Ms Lunn,

I'll send you a private e-mail with my postal address in it. I assume that the volume of paper is such that scanning it would not be feasible.

Yours sincerely,

Ben Harris

Dear Ms Lunn,

On 2nd October, I asked for a list of all traffic signs in Cambridge that had either been specially authorised by the Secretary of State for Transport (or a predecessor) or are placed in accordance with a special direction issued by the Secretary of State (or a predecessor). Under the Freedom of Information Act, I should have received an answer within 20 working days, which expired several days ago, but I don't seem to have received a reply yet. Could you please reply as soon as possible?

Yours sincerely,

Ben Harris

Lunn Karen, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Mr Harris,

I apologise for the delay in supplying the information you requested. I
have been trying to accumulate as much information as I can,
unfortunately none of this is held electronically and several office
moves and changes in staff have not assisted in this process.

I have therefore copied what I have been able to locate. Some of these
signs may have been superseded by signs that do not require
authorisation. If there are any specific signs that you are interested
in that are not included in the information that I am sending to you
then please come back to me.

The plans that are associated with the authorisations that I am sending
you are paper A1 or A0 sheets and we do not have the facilities to copy
these in house so I am unable to send you copies of the plans.

You may be interested to know that we are in the process or reviewing
the signing in the central core area. Some changes are likely to arise
out of this and we will then seek DfT (Secretary of State) approval for
the finalised signage.

Regards

Karen Lunn - Project Engineer, City & South Team

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Dear Ms Lunn,

Thank you for your hard work in scraping together the information. I'm quite happy not to receive the plans, and to receive details of signs that have been removed. The incompleteness of the records is more of a problem, but an incomplete list will be better than nothing.

Yours sincerely,

Ben Harris

Ben Harris left an annotation ()

The papers arrived this morning, dated 5th November.

Dear Ms Lunn,

Thank you for the four authorisations that arrived this morning. Before I start asking about road markings that weren't covered by them, could you confirm that you understood my request to include road markings as well as upright signs? If not, I shall make a general request regarding them first.

Yours sincerely,

Ben Harris

Lunn Karen, Cambridgeshire County Council

Dear Mr Harris,

I am not aware of any authorisations that have been granted for road
markings, hence none were included in the information I sent you.

Regards

Karen

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Francis Irving left an annotation ()

Out of interest, have you scanned the papers you received and uploaded them anywhere, or written a summary?

Ben Harris left an annotation ()

I haven't scanned them, largely because they're both dull and a bit of a copyright nightmare (part DfT, part OS, part Cambridge City and Cambridgeshire County Councils).

Still, it's probably worth writing up what I got. There are four sets of documents in total, each being a covering letter from the Government Office for the East of England, a document listing the authorisations, a plan (in one case), and a set of diagrams.

The first batch of authorisations was issued in May-June 1996 and covers St Andrew's St and Hobson St. It's mostly full of signs marking parking spaces, non-parking spaces, and loading bays, though there's also an authorisation for special thin-lined bus stops.

The second is dated September 1997, and covers the signs installed in Bridge Street when the first (experimental) rising bollards were installed there. It's notable for the covering letter's pointing out various flaws in the signage and that authorisation should have been applied for before the signs were erected. None of the signs covered by these authorisations is still present, and I expect they expired anyway with the Cambridgeshire County Council (Bridge Street Area, Cambridge) Experimental Traffic Order 1997. This is the only batch where the plan was small enough to be copied.

The third batch is dated December 1998, and covers the variable sign at the north end of St John's St and a fairly dull "no waiting" sign.

The fourth batch is also dated December 1998 and covers various signs for parking spaces etc on King's Parade, along with the "no motor vehicles" sign at its south end.