We will be using a good bit of public transport during our forthcoming trip and will be reliant on good signage at railway stations, tram stops and so forth. One of the hardest things in the world is to look at signage in an area you know and see it objectively, that is through a stranger's eyes.
London's Tube is excellent in this regard and it needs to be as a lot of walking needs to be done when changing lines and entering and exiting stations. It would be very annoying to make a mistake and have to backtrack. Generally in Europe I thought the signage was quite good. I was surprised at how many signs were in English in Budapest. Many less so in Austria and Germany but Amsterdam and Brussels did well enough with plenty of signs in English. Austria and Germany often used symbols, which were helpful.
Where have I been where signage is inadequate? While I may be being unfair because it is fresh in my mind, Sydney fell down several times for us. Trying to find a particular bus stand within the Bondi Junction bus terminal was one example, with arrows pointing in various directions but nothing saying the stand was actually outside, not within the interchange.
We used two more city bus stands servicing multiple routes with multiple stands, and both had contradictory and confusing signage.
We used Sydney's Central Station more than once and we had no problem finding our way around there but I've been reading in a discussion group that directional signs have been changed. Instead of 'Exit to Eddy Avenue', 'Devonshire Street Exit' and 'Country Train Terminal', signs now say, Grand Concourse, G for short, North Concourse, N, South Concourse, S.
A quick glance at Google Maps can tell you which street exit you need from Central. When confronted at the station by the letters G, N or S what do you do?
If ever there was a need for some overseas consultants, this is one of them. The eyes of complete strangers are needed and the signage should not designed by someone who knows all about Central.
It will be interesting to see how things are done in Canada and New York and I expect the signage will be quite good. Seems though that when we are in New York, we need to remember what is uptown and what is downtown. I studied Manhattan maps enough, but I still haven't quite remember which is uptown and which is downtown.