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Signs, lines and safety barriers

Signs and road marking are used to provide directions and information to keep road users safe and help the flow of traffic around the network.


Highway signs are used to regulate traffic and to provide warnings to drivers of hazards ahead. The signs we use on the public highway are controlled by Government regulations, covering the designs of the signs, where they can be used and whether they must be illuminated.

Walsall Council is working to declutter our streets. When a sign is damaged, defective, vandalised or stolen, an assessment is carried out to decide whether the sign is still needed. If it is, a replacement is installed as soon as possible.

Street name plates

Street  name plates allow emergency services to find a property quickly, help visitors find where they want to go and facilitate reliable delivery of services and products.

Walsall Council is responsible for ensuring that street name plates are provided and fitted in suitable locations. In the case of a new development however, the developer is responsible for the erection of name plates to the Council's specification.

You can find out more information about the Council’s role on the Street Naming and Numbering Authority webpage.

Road markings

There are various types of yellow and white lines that are marked on the road or edge of the pavement/kerb that indicate waiting restrictions or to help road users by giving different types of information on lane use and direction.

When a road is resurfaced, the road markings are replaced within 6 to 8 weeks of the works being completed, if not sooner.

Safety barriers

Highway safety barriers include vehicular restraint systems [VRS] and pedestrian guardrails. VRS is used to stop “out of control” vehicles leaving the road and colliding with roadside hazards. Whereas the primary purpose of pedestrian guardrail is to guide pedestrians to safe crossing points along a busy highway.

If a safety barrier is missing or significantly damaged, we will use signs and cones to make the site safe and then arrange a permanent repair.

Report a problem

You can report non-urgent highway issues online using our web form.

If you are concerned about an urgent highway safety issue, please call our Contact Centre on 01922 650000.

Please ensure that you know the exact location and type of defect to help us provide a speedy response.