The Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) has announced that it is to carry out a comprehenive survey of the state of white lines across the UK.
Throughout July and August, more than 6,000 miles of roads in England, Scotland and Wales – including the UK’s 10 most dangerous roads identified by the Road Safety Foundation – will be assessed for the quality of their central white lines.
George Lee, RSMA national director, says: “We have identified a series of routes which cover motorways and major A roads managed by the Highways Agency, Transport Scotland and the Welsh Assembly, as well as lesser A and B roads managed by local authorities.
“We recognise that the UK is currently under huge financial pressure, but road markings are widely recognised to provide the best, most simple and cost-effective navigation aid to drivers – and previous surveys have found white lines reduced to the level of the faintest chalk mark.”
RSMA points to figures recently published by the DfT which show that around 40% of night-time collisions on motorways and rural roads occurred in the wet, and 34% of collisions caused by permanent road sign/marking defects occurred during the night – of which 35% are where there is no street lighting.
George Lee continued: “Currently, the Highways Agency and many local authorities are turning off motorway and street lighting – which makes high quality, well-maintained road markings absolutely imperative, if drivers are to be able to find their way on the darkest, wettest night.
“By conducting the survey this summer, we anticipate that roads in and around London will show significant improvement over previous years’ results, as the Capital’s network has been spruced up for the Jubiliee and Olympics.”
RSMA will publish it findings in the autum.