LONDON. A road sign on a highway in England with characters similar to those that appear on Netflix’s hit TV series The Squid Game has nothing to do with the show, police assured the motorists.
A sign on the M4 near Slough, about 25 miles west of London, indicated a “red herring” (or detour in American English) rather than entering a game in the dystopian South Korean survival drama Thames Valley Police. said on Twitter this week…
The sign had the outlines of a triangle, square and circle, as well as an arrow pointing to the next exit. According to the UK Department of Transport’s road sign guidelines, forms are used individually to indicate emergency detours.
It is unclear how drivers could have figured out that a combination of characters without words means a detour.
A Slough City Council spokeswoman said the council was not responsible for the sign placed by Highways England, the agency that controls major roads.
“While Slough loves to be at the forefront of new trends, we can promise that there is no squid game in our city,” said spokeswoman Keith Pratt.
Neither Highways England nor Thames Valley Police immediately responded to requests for comment.
Road signs in Britain have long puzzled motorists. In 1965, a new sign system was introduced that more closely matched signs in the rest of Europe to make it easier for drivers to follow instructions. But drivers complained that subsequent updates made it difficult to interpret some of the new road signs.