There are many signs on the highways. Most of these are either for the safety for all road users or to provide directions. The main signs are the large green directional signs which are on the grid roads and direct drivers to the main routes and other neighbouring towns such as the M1, white estate signs and street name plates.
We maintain signs on the public highways which includes cleaning, repairs and replacement. We regularly inspect signs to make sure they are readable, unobscured and are not missing or damaged. Some signs are illuminated so we will also check if the power supply is working.
Our budget for signage is very limited. We will prioritise any missing signs first before damaged or faded ones.
A large number of our signs, barriers and bollards are damaged by drivers or from a road traffic collision. If we can, we will claim the costs of the repairs back from the driver's insurance company. These are called Green Claims. The process can take a while and we may needs to leave the damaged item/s on the network if they are not causing a safety issue.
Unauthorised Signs on the Highway
Any signage including banners, 'A' boards and notices placed without consent on the public highway anywhere in the MK Borough area will be removed. This is to protect all road users affected by the nuisance of unauthorised signs which can create a distraction or simply obstruct visibility.
Signs placed on our highway assets including roadside verges, footways and other paved areas, protective mesh barriers above underpasses, attached to street lights or on roundabouts without permission will be removed by us under the Highways Act 1980.
As unauthorised signs are a potential safety hazard we will not provide prior warning before removing them.
Report any illegal signage to us by emailing the location to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01908 252353. You can also report any old, defunct signs or bollards to us too.
For more information about the Highways Act 1980, visit www.gov.uk
Street Name Plates
Street name plates help to direct people around the local estates in MK. These signs show the name of the street and are black text on a white background fixed into the ground.
We are responsible for all street nameplates within the borough on adopted highways and will repair or replace any that have been damaged, vandalised or have become faded over time. You can report a damaged or missing sign on the link above.
In new developments the developer is responsible for the installing name plates based on our specifications. You can read more about this on our Adoptions page.
Please note: our budget has been greatly reduced over recent years so street name plates will only be repaired or replaced if funding is available.
There is no set budget for street name plate repairs for 2021-22 however if this changes and funding becomes available, existing applications will be considered for repair or replacement.
Last Updated: 17 May 2021