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  UK Signal Sequences

Signals in the UK have a somewhat different sequence than those in the USA. In addition to the customary amber display between green and red, UK signals display a brief amber along with red just before dropping to green. This "wake up" display allows motorists to engage their manual transmissions and be ready for the green light.

The customary sequence is:

  • Green
  • Amber (3 seconds)
  • Red
  • Red and amber (2 seconds)
  • Back to green

Amber (3 seconds)
Red with amber (2 seconds)

View a video of the sequence on YouTube.

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To learn more about traffic signals and signs in the UK, check out Simon Patterson's Traffic Signals On-Line.

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