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On UK airport charts like the one below for Manchester (EGCC), what is the difference between an identifier with white lettering on a red square and one with yellow lettering on a black square with a yellow outline?

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(eurocontrol.int)

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Both are hold position signs; white on red is "to protect a priority route".

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UK AIP GEN 2.3

Below is the red J2 and black J1 as seen from the cockpit (YouTube):

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Red J2

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The usage description below shows inconsistency with the map, which hints at a gradual phasing out (see 2021 update below):

Where it is considered necessary to locate taxi-holding positions other than at runway/taxiway intersections – for example at taxiway/taxiway intersections in order to protect a priority route – the holding position should be identified by a single sign located wherever practicable on the left side of the taxiway. The sign consists of a combination of the letter designating the taxiway and a number identifying the hold position e.g. A1, A2, B2 etc. in white on a red background. An example of an intermediate taxi-holding position sign is shown at figure 7.13 (F).

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CAP 168 Licensing of Aerodromes


2021 update

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— UK AIP 20 MAY 2021

At Manchester, only yellow on black is used now. Latest AIP and CAP 168 still have the white on red option.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thanks! I like that you referenced a YouTube too. When I first looked at this, I thought the opposite - that the yellow / black were optional, and that the write / red were mandatory (since all things regulatory in the US are in red). $\endgroup$
    – slantalpha
    Jun 17 '18 at 0:44
  • $\begingroup$ @slantalpha: I've updated the answer. The red has been phased out at EGCC. $\endgroup$
    – ymb1
    Jun 8 at 3:18

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