Sonning Bridge road sign apostrophe error

  • 26 February 2014
  • From the section England
Signs at Sonning Bridge
Image caption Sonning Bridge has been closed for repairs following recent floods

Drivers going past Sonning Bridge, near Reading, have expressed annoyance at a closed road sign which uses an incorrect apostrophe.

The bridge linking Berkshire and Oxfordshire closed due to flood damage.

Valerie Gabriel, writing on the BBC Berkshire Facebook page said the sign annoyed her and there was "no excuse" for printed errors.

Oxfordshire County Council's Highways councillor David Nimmo Smith said he was unaware of the mistake.

He said: "Our engineers know how to do the job, but they may not be the best at writing signs."

Also commenting on Facebook, Morag Cuddeford-Jones said the sign should read: "English closed due to grammatical instability. Diversion via Mandarin until further notice".

Brian Steer wrote: "They can't punctuate now, and there is talk of starting school later. We are going to become a country of dumbos!"

However, Aiden Fry wrote: "Who cares about grammar.

"You should be asking why our road network so poor, and how can we improve it."

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