The signs are not good for Cardiff

June 7, 2010 1 Comment »

It’s often easier to get around cities on ‘the Continent’ than it is in Cardiff.

Public transport in European cities is usually simple to use, with plenty of clear information. Driving is mostly straight-forward.

To take our nearest neighbour as an example, in France there are signs telling you when you are entering and or leaving each town and district. Most urban junctions are well signposted.

Britain is much less easy to navigate. And Cardiff seems particularly difficult, even by UK standards.

I’ve already described some of the difficulties of getting around Cardiff by bus.

Unless you know the City well, finding your way around Cardiff by car isn’t much better. There are very few signs for districts and neighbourhoods, and you’d be hard pushed to find your way from, say, Cardiff Bay to Barry, or from Cyncoed to Caerphilly, if you relied on road signs.

Major routes, such as the A470, simply disappear. Signposting to the Bay at one junction is not repeated at the next.  Many streets do not carry their name at junctions with larger roads, or only have it on one side.

Guess the destination - it's been like this for years

Guess the destination – this sign's been getting worse for years

Just to add to the confusion, some of the few signs confirming what major road you are driving along are left to rot and decay. The two I’ve pictured for this post have been disintegrating over many years.

Another fine example of Cardiff road signage

I suppose with SatNav now in many vehicles, road signs matter less than they used to, but it’s still a poor image to present to visitors to our city!

Why not comment on any examples of poor road signs that you know about?

This is a guest post from Paul Seligman, a resident of Fairwater

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One Comment

  1. snailonabike June 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    You are spot-on Paul.
    First time I came to Cardiff and tried to find the bay I got lost. I'm used to navigating, and I've done so in some EU cities and in many US ones.
    Cardiff if shocking!

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