As thousands of us make our annual pilgrimage to the Isle of Man for the TT, the Government is reminding car drivers in the North of England to ‘Look out for Bikes’
Automated signs on the motorways will be displaying the message on motorways urging drivers to be extra vigilant, especially near the ferry ports of Heysham and Liverpool, including the M6, M62 and M61.
Signs will start to appear from tomorrow (Thursday 28 May) and continue until Monday 15 June when the TT has finished.
Stuart Lovatt, Highways England’s head of road safety, said: “A significant number of TT enthusiasts will be travelling through the area as motorcycle riders and pillion passengers."
He added: "Many will not know our roads and our message to drivers is please consider how vulnerable people are on motorcycles and take a moment to look twice at every turn, every lane change and every junction. We would ask motorcycle riders to be considerate in return, plan your route and blend with the local traffic to keep everyone moving safely.”
This year’s TT festival starts on Saturday (30 May) with first practice until Friday 12 June. Race week starts on Saturday 6 June.
Highways England say some 14,000 riders are already booked on ferry crossings from the North West to the Isle of Man.