Highways England goes multilingual with roadworks signs!

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Pictured (left to right) alongside the westbound A66 near Penrith with one of the signs is Highways England project manager Jobert Fermilan, Keith Brown from HW Martin – one of the specialist suppliers supporting the pilot project – and Highways England senior project manager Steve Mason 

Electronic message signs have gone all multilingual in a ground-breaking initiative to improve roadworks information for lorry drivers.

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Highways England has started giving roadworks information in nine foreign languages on several of its portable electronic variable messages signs.

 

The system works with an automatic number plate reader in the side of the road warning the electronic sign that a foreign lorry is approaching and the sign then selecting an appropriate foreign language message such as ‘M6 J.44 Cerrado’ – ‘closed’ in Spanish.

 

The pilot is taking place in Cumbria where £7 million of improvements are taking place along the M6 north of Carlisle. The latest phase of the work is focused on the roundabout at busy junction 44 of the motorway and lorry drivers are being warned in German, French, Polish, Romanian, Dutch, Spanish, Lithuanian, Slovak and Hungarian when the roundabout is closed for the overnight work.

 

 

Pictured (left to right) alongside the westbound A66 near Penrith with one of the signs is Highways England

project manager Jobert Fermilan, Keith Brown from HW Martin – one of the specialist suppliers supporting the

pilot project – and Highways England senior project manager Steve Mason