LONDON – A highway road sign in England that bears symbols similar to those seen in the hit Netflix series “Squid Game” has nothing to do with the show, police reassure motorists.
Thames Valley Police said the sign along the M4 highway near Slough, about 25 miles west of London, indicated a “diversion” (or detour in American English), not the play in the dystopian South Korean survival drama. Entry Gate. on Twitter this week.
1 show on Netflix since its release last month, in “Squid Game,” the nine-part series, contestants compete to the death for cash prizes. “There’s a very good chance this is going to be our biggest show ever,” said Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos.
The sign had the outlines of a triangle, a square, and a circle, as well as an arrow indicating the next exit. The shapes are used, individually, to indicate an emergency detour, according to a guide to traffic signs from the UK Department of Transport.
It was unclear how drivers would understand that a combination of symbols, without words, indicated a detour.
A spokesman for Slow Borough Council said the council had no responsibility for the signing, which was put up by Highways England, the agency that oversees the major roads.
“As much as Slow loves to be on the forefront of new trends, we can promise there’s no squid game in our town,” spokeswoman Kate Pratt said.
Neither Highways England nor Thames Valley Police immediately responded to requests for comment.
Road signs in Britain have long confused motorists. In 1965, a new system of signs that was more closely aligned with the rest of Europe was introduced to make it easier for drivers to follow directions. But drivers have complained that subsequent updates made some of the new road signs difficult to interpret.