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The font Motorway alphabet appears on road signs on motorways in the United Kingdom, and is used for route numbers. It is available in two weights: Motorway Permanent is the standard weight, and is used for pale text on a dark background (i.e. white-on-blue permanent motorway signs) while Motorway Temporary is heavier, and is used for dark text on a pale background (i.e. black-on-yellow temporary motorway signs).

The Motorway alphabet was created in the 1960s by designers Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert, as part of a wider-ranging remit to design motorway signage.

All other text on UK road signs appears in Transport.


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