Double Cloaking of Signage

Sites should always be seeking ways to reduce waste and therefore minimise their impact on the environment. This also helps meet targets of diverting waste from landfill.

Our project involved large scale works on an existing rail network. This requires changing signal signage at each stage of the project to reflect revised signalling arrangements and track layout.

Previously, the redundant signal signs needed to be unfixed by hand using a gantry ladder and then scrapped.

To save time and minimise waste, we introduced double cloaked signage where the sign plate has the final signage design on it but is covered with an adhesive label showing the temporary sign design. Therefore when a sign becomes redundant it can be easily peeled off to reveal the correct signage.

We purchased the double cloaked signs from a social enterprise which provides employment for ex-service personnel and people with disabilities.

This system has environmental benefits by reducing waste and health and safety benefits by reducing time on ladders to access signs.

Double cloaked signage benefits the project by allowing for better preparation and cost savings.

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