It's setting up a group comprised of industry members that work with road signs on a regular basis. This group of road users, highway authorities and organisations will steer the review that will look to improve traffic flow management, road safety and reduce street clutter.

Already committed to joining the review panel is the AA, and the DfT has also invited organisations such as English Heritage and local councils.

The AA's Edmund King has promised to consult his company's members. “Clear, concise relevant road signs help reduce congestion, CO2, frustration and accidents. Confusing signs do the opposite so we welcome a root and branch review of the UK's traffic signing system,” he said.