Temporary traffic signs used to warn of temporary hazards or give information or guidance about temporary road conditions. They can be regulatory, warning or informatory and include some road markings. Temporary signs are as important as permanent signs. You should look out for them even if you are on a familiar road. Temporary signs are usually mounted on portable stands but may also be found on posts like permanent signs. Some regulatory signs may be manually operated.

A common use of temporary sign is for the signing of road works where construction or maintenance works obstruct the roadway or may be a hazard to traffic.

Yellow reflecting road studs may be used together to mark temporary white lines.

right-hand lane closed ahead

1. Right-hand lane closed ahead

right-hand lane closed ahead

2. Right-hand lane closed ahead

left-hand lane only ahead

3. Left-hand lane only ahead

left-hand lane only ahead

4. Left-hand lane only ahead

road works ahead

5. Road works ahead

change to opposite carriageway ahead (direction may be        reversed )

6. Change to opposite carriageway ahead (direction may be reversed )

keep right ( Keep left if symbol reversed )

7. Keep right ( Keep left if symbol reversed )

vehicles may pass either side to reach same destination

8. Vehicles may pass either side to reach same destination

road narrows ahead on left

9. Road narrows ahead on left ( right if symbol reversed )

end of road works

10. End of road works, used with Signs 1 to 5

line painting works ahead

11. Line painting works ahead

lane or road temporary closure

12. Lane or road temporary closure

sharp temporary deviation to left

13. Sharp temporary deviation to left (right if symbol reversed )

manually operated 'Stop/Go' sign ahead

14. Manually operated 'Stop/Go' sign ahead

manually operated temporary 'Stop' sign

15. Manually operated temporary 'Stop' sign

manually operated temporary 'Go' sign

16. Manually operated temporary 'Go' sign

new sign to replace Sign 18

17. New sign to replace Sign 18

ramp or damage of level ahead

18. Ramp or damage of level ahead

new sign to replace Sign 20

19. New sign to replace Sign 20

ramp or change of level

20. Ramp or change of level

temporary traffic cone

21. Temporary traffic cone

temporary traffic post

22. Temporary traffic post

temporary 'No parking' sign

23. Temporary 'No parking' sign

traffic lights ahead

24. Traffic lights ahead

Temporary signs are also used for temporary traffic arrangements for major events or if a section of road is closed because of an emergency or for road works.

Diversion signs guide you along an alternative route that will rejoin the normal route past the closed road or obstruction. Temporary direction signs may be used for temporary routes or for short term events likely to attract much traffic. Diversion signs and temporary direction signs have a yellow background.

Temporary signs are also used to warn of temporary road conditions or for short term traffic control by the police.

Sometimes a worded warning sign may be used for hazards for which there is no sign. The signs are usually rectangular and have a red background.

road ahead closed to vehicles

25. Road ahead closed to vehicles

road closed to vehicles

26. Road closed to vehicles

temporary route for vehicles

27. Temporary route for vehicles

temporary route for pedestrians

28. Temporary route for pedestrians

Temporary traffic lights. Vehicles must stop at the sign when red light shows

29. Temporary traffic lights. Vehicles must stop at the sign when red light shows

temporary pedestrian crossing closure

30. Temporary pedestrian crossing closure

diversion ahead for all vehicles

31. Diversion ahead for all vehicles

temporary route for all vehicles

32. Temporary route for all vehicles

new sign to replace Sign 34

33. New sign to replace Sign 34

temporary route for diverted vehicles

34. Temporary route for diverted vehicles

end of diversion. Follow normal route

35. End of diversion. Follow normal route

slippery road ahead

36. Slippery road ahead

loose chippings ahead

37. Loose chippings ahead

uneven road ahead

38. Uneven road ahead

sign used by police in an emergency

39. Sign used by police in an emergency

worded warning sign (wording may be varied)

40. Worded warning sign (wording may be varied)

irregular road surface

41. Irregular road surface

other danger ahead

42. Other danger ahead

plate used with 'Other danger' sign

43. Plate used with 'Other danger' sign ( wording may be varied)