Warning over worn road markings

A large proportion of white lines on some of the country's most dangerous roads are in an alarmingly bad state, according to a new report.

The Road Safety Marking Association (RSMA), which surveyed over 1,500 miles of motorways and A-roads, cited the instance of a five-mile stretch of the A6135 near Sheffield which has just 1% of white lines in an acceptable condition.

It said out of 1,000 miles of single-carriageway A-roads assessed, only 29% had white lines with decent visibility. Markings on 14% had gone completely and on 15% of the roads they needed to be urgently replaced.

This despite the fact that rural A-roads account for two-thirds of all road fatalities and serious injuries in the UK, the RSMA added.

Worn out markings compromise the safety of motorists, increasing the risk of accidents and potentially avoidablecar insurance claims.

A fifth of the 470 miles of major A-roads and motorways surveyed by the group had markings that did not meet the minimum specifiable standard, while 8% had centre lines so worn that they were barely visible.

A total of 39% of markings on dual carriageways and 38% on motorways made the recommended rating used by the industry.

RSMA national director George Lee said: "Two years ago, just 2% of our major road network had markings that rated virtually non-existent. This figure has risen at an alarming rate, and now nearly a 10th of the centre lines on our trade routes are dangerously worn."

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