The condition of white lines on England’s roads has been branded “shameful” after a survey found as many as half need to be replaced.
The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) surveyed around 2,500 miles of road and found only 16% of the markings on motorways merited the “excellent” category and just 13% of single carriageways
It found 52% of white lines on motorways need sorting out straight away or putting on the list for a revamp soon and the same goes for 48% on single carriageways and 42% on dual carriageways.
RSMA’s national director George Lee said the authorities responsible for looking after roads regularly give assurances about their commitment to preventing road traffic accidents but are continuing “to neglect the most cost-effective safety device available to road engineers, the white line”.
Best and worst
Part of Surrey’s M3 – between Bagshot and Camberley – was found to have 94% of its lines in need of a revamp or being added to the replacement list and came out as the worst stretch of road in the research.
The A34 recorded the highest rating with a section in Oxfordshire between the junction of the A44 (Kidlington) and the M40 (Bicester). The Road Safety Markings Association said it had 99% “excellent” white lines and none needed replacing.
Mr Lee said road markings are paid for by taxpayers, who expect to have roads looked after properly, but that is “just not happening”.
He said his organisation’s report proves that and the survey provides “robust” evidence.
White lines and other road markings could be among the things for people involved in car accidents to take photos of, if they intend to contact experts such as Accident Advice Helpline about possible compensation claims.
“It is shameful that half of the markings on roads in England are so worn out that they need to be replaced,” Mr Lee said.