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Drivers left baffled over ‘Britain’s most confusing road sign’

Jake Massey

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Drivers left baffled over ‘Britain’s most confusing road sign’

Drivers have been left baffled over what has been dubbed 'Britain's most confusing road sign'.


Lee Marchant spotted the confusing signage in Downham Market in Norfolk on Monday (24 October) and hadn't the foggiest idea what it was supposed to mean.

In the picture he snapped, a red sign indicates that the road ahead is closed, while another red sign beneath it says 'access only'.


Meanwhile, yellow signage to the right indicates which way to go for east bound and west bound.

However, there are four arrows - one pointing right for east bound, one pointing left for west bound ... and one pointing right for west bound and another pointing left for east bound.

Naturally, Lee did not have a clue what it meant.

He told Lynn News: "It has been there since Monday morning and I understand it is to remain for the rest of the week.


"Your guess is as good as mine as to what it is trying to tell people!"

OK... so which way is west bound? Credit: Lynn News - Lee Marchant
OK... so which way is west bound? Credit: Lynn News - Lee Marchant

If you can't decipher the contradictory signage, don't beat yourself up - it seems there's been a c**k-up.

The signage relates to two sets of roadworks being carried out by Anglian Water, and a diversion route has been put in place while works are carried out... though evidently, this diversion route is harder to figure out than planned.


An Anglian Water spokesperson apologised for the confusion, telling the Eastern Daily Press: "We are very sorry for the disruption caused to road users while we install a new water connection on Barroway Drove.

"Our teams are currently working to resolve the confusion caused by the signage at the junction of Lady Drove and the A1122 in Downham Market.

"While the repairs on Barroway Drove are finished and the road reinstated, traffic management will remain in place until the end of this week.

"Once again we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.”


A Norfolk County Council spokesman added: "The two sets of works are being carried out by Anglian Water and we had requested that the diversions were clearly signed and easy to follow.

"We will be requesting that they amend the signs as soon as possible."

In the meantime, perhaps folks in Norfolk should make use of the county's notoriously expansive and convenient public transport network.

Featured Image Credit: Lynn News - Lee Marchant / ero Vesalainen / Alamy

Topics: UK News

Jake Massey
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