1 January 1965 – Figure 740 of The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 1964 took effect. 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 led 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 the committee’s recommendations formed the basis of The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 1964. Existing signs did not necessarily have 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 footpaths and bridleways, including all those that ScotWays installed, have had to follow the new design.