Up to 5,000 new road signs to be installed across the UK within weeks
Road signs: How well do British drivers know them?
The new signs will direct residents to the new NHS Covid-19 vaccination centres with up to 500 temporary sites set to receive coverage. The AA confirmed all temporary vaccination centres opening in January will be offered the free signs to be installed in the local area.
Many people know the router to their local hospital or GP but vaccination hubs have been installed in many leisure facilities locals may be unaware of.
Venues include disused nightclubs, conference centres and an entertainment complex.
A Grade II listed local histrionic mansion and a function centre are two other examples of where vaccination hubs have been installed.
The AA says they are well-qualified to help local areas provide directions to centres having produced the UK’s first road signs more than 100 years ago.
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Simon Breakwell, AA Chief Executive said they would offer 500 temporary signs to help drivers find their vaccination centres.
He said everyone at the AA was doing everything it could to help local communities fight back against the pandemic.
He said: “As the collective effort to fight Covid-19 continues, we are pleased to be able to offer immediate support for the nation’s vaccination programme through free directional road and location signs, to help drivers, riders and pedestrians find their way to their local vaccination centre with ease.
“We are offering free signage to around 500 temporary Covid-19 community vaccination centres such as sports halls, religious venues, nightclubs and community buildings.
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“Everyone at the AA is keen to do what we can to help local communities through this time.”
The organisation said it expected to install 5,000 new road signs over the coming weeks.
The service will include production, distribution, fitting and manipulating the signs as well as removal when the vaccination scheme has ended.
Transport Minister Baroness Vere said: “It’s fantastic to see the AA offering to provide free signs to local authorities directing people to vaccination centres.
“Their expertise will help people reach their centre, contributing to the already huge national effort underway to get people vaccinated.”
Mr Breakwell revealed the AA has printed and installed a bespoke design within days of hubs opening.
He said: “Our patrols have been working hard throughout to continue helping drivers who break down, and now we are pleased to be able to guide them with directions on route to these very important destinations.
“In a matter of days, the AA Signs team have come up with a bespoke solution to design, print, install, remove and recycle approximately 5,000 road signs.
“I am proud of our expert teams who have brought this idea to life.
“The AA is delighted to help sign the way to vaccinate Britain.”
Today it has been confirmed the vaccination programme will now be extended to those over the age of 70 and those listed of extremely vulnerable.
More than five million people will be invited to have their vaccine from today.
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