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Red X on motorways

This symbol is an increasingly common sight especially on the new generation of smart motorways where traffic is managed and lanes controlled. You’ll find it either on an overhead gantry, or increasingly on cantilever signs at the side of the road. Regardless of where you see the sign, be it a normal traffic lane or on a motorway hard shoulder, it simply means do not drive in that lane as it is closed to traffic. Ignoring the ‘red X’ sign is an offence as it’s dangerous to so. Any driver who ignores this sign could be fined £60 and receive three penalty points on their driving licence.