Cheshire - (Rioters): Political correctness gone mad. That's the verdict after a decision to put road signs in English on a busy stretch of the A49 near Whitchurch baffled local residents who had just got used to eight new temporary diversion signs written in Polish, Swahili and Sanscrit that were placed in an apparent goodwill gesture around the Cheshire-Shropshire border.
The signs explaining how to get to Whitchurch during a heavy spate of road works have been condemned by some as downright stupid: "Nobody North of the Watford Gap can read in the first place", said a local Vicar.
But a highway patrol engineer told the press that "On several occasions last year, we found a literate English-speaking driver who failed to understand diversion signs and arrived at junctions that did not exist.
"In some cases, that caused confusion as we had to reverse him out of the area.
"In other cases, he would drive on the footpath and thunder past a work gang, which obviously has implications."
The Department of the Environment is investigating.