This item needs a clear head and a sense of local geography! Bear with us….
A couple of weeks ago we set a ‘quiz’. To what does ‘6135’ refer to on this sign which you see if you turn into Knoll Road from the A30?The probability is that many drivers won’t realise until they’re well past the sign that it refers to Service Areas 6, 1, 3 and 5. But, what we’re commenting on today is that, overall, the sign mentions every service area – 1 to 6 inclusive. Which is a bit surprising, for the nearby sign on the A30 that points down Knoll Road doesn’t mention Areas 1, 3 or 5 at all (see photo immediately below).
Let’s overlook that omission. Though drivers on the A30 trying to find their way to areas 1, 3 or 5 might be a little less forgiving. Instead, let’s assume that those drivers have – perhaps by instinct – turned into Knoll Road regardless. In which case, the sign in our first photo makes it clear that they should go straight on. Which they do, presumably, until they reach Portesbery Road. Where, hoping to learn the whereabouts of Areas 1, 3 or 5, they encounter this sign:
Unbelievably, it only mentions Area 6. The poor souls looking for Area 1, 3 or 5 have to guess for the second time which way to go.
As we’ve said so often before, signs that don’t actually help are a waste of money. That’s OUR MONEY.