1964 When figure 740 changed the face of path signs

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a page of a book showing 5 different styles of sign.

1 Jan 1965 - Figure 740 of The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 1964 commenced.  It stated that path signs would be white text on a green background.  Letters would be 2” high in the new Transport Medium typeface.

Increased traffic and the creation of motorways forced a review of the UK word-based signage system.  Walter Worboys lead the committee reviewing general signage and proposed, for direction signs, the use of colour to distinguish route type, a standardised typeface and letter heights that were appropriate to the speed of the traffic.

Worboys reported in 1963 and their recommendations formed the basis of The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 1964.  Existing signs did not necessarily need to be changed to the new standard, but all new signs had to follow it.

As rights of way are considered roads and are subject to all roads legislation, from this date forward all right of way signs for footpath and bridleway signs, including all those that ScotWays installed, had to follow the new design.