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Highway Code Light Signals Controlling Traffic

Light Signals Controlling Traffic

Traffic Light Signals

Traffic light with red light on
RED means 'Stop'. Wait behind the stop line on the carriageway
Traffic light with red and amber lights on
RED AND AMBER also means 'Stop'. Do not pass through or start until GREEN shows
Traffic light with green light on
A GREEN ARROW may be provided in addition to the full green signal if movement in a certain direction is allowed before or after the full green phase. If the way is clear you may go but only in the direction shown by the arrow. You may do this whatever other lights may be showing. White light signals may be provided for trams
 
Traffic light with amber light on
GREEN means you may go on if the way is clear. Take special care if you intend to turn left or right and give way to pedestrians who are crossing
Traffic light with red light on and green arrow light pointing right on
AMBER means 'Stop' at the stopline. You may go on only if the AMBER appears after you have crossed the stop line or are so close to it that to pull up might cause an accident

 

Flashing Red Lights

Alternately flashing red lights mean YOU MUST STOP.
At level crossings, lifting bridges, airfields, fire stations, etc

Two red lights and one amber light in a black rectangle with a red and white striped border

 

Motorway signals

A black rectangle with a red X in the middle and a red light in each corner
Change lane
A white arrow, pointing down and to the left, and four yellow lights around it inside a black rectangle
Do not proceed
further in this
lane
A black rectangle with the word fog in white, and a yellow light in each corner
Leave motorway
at next exit
A black rectangle with two white vertical lines and a white T in the middle and a yellow light in each corner
Temporary maximum
speed limit and
information message
The words Accident Ahead, the number 30 and six yellow lights inside a black rectangle
Lane ahead
closed
A white arrow, bending to the left, and four yellow lights around it inside a black rectangle
Reduced
visibilty
ahead
A black rectangle with the number 50 in white, and a yellow light in each corner
Temporary
maximum
speed limit
A black rectangle with the word end in white, and a yellow light in each corner
End of restriction

 

Lane control signals

Two green arrows pointing down, a white arrow pointing down and two red x's in black squares along a black horizontal line

Green arrow - lane available to traffic facing the sign.
Red crosses - lane closed to traffic facing the sign.
White diagonal arrow - change lanes in direction shown

 

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