The UK’s road markings are vanishing at an ‘alarming rate’, with well over half in Scotland and Wales almost non-existent and those in England faring little better, warns the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA).
A RSMA survey of almost 500 miles of road reveals that, on average, 50.6% of the UK’s road markings are barely visible. The proportion of roads in need of ‘emergency repairs’ stands at 23%, and less than 7% score the highest rating.
By contrast, a survey carried out 12 months earlier on the UK’s 10 most dangerous roads showed that 23% of centre lines fell into the lowest category while 31% qualified for the highest rating.
The RSMA carried out the latest spot-check across a range of motorways and major A roads managed by the Highways Agency, and lesser A and B roads managed by councils.
George Lee, RSMA national director, says: “These findings are shocking. We could see a clear, direct correlation between deadly roads and deadly road markings when we examined the 10 most dangerous roads identified by the Road Safety Foundation.
“Now, just a simple cross-section of roads – arguably representative of the entire network – shows a level of deterioration that defies belief.
“We recognise that the UK is currently under huge financial pressure, but road markings are widely recognised to provide the best, most simple navigation aid to drivers, and to be the most cost-effective road safety measure and it is time we gave drivers the vital clues they need to use our roads.”
The RSMA is advising Government on extending the rating standards used by the Highways Agency to cover local council roads and will present the findings of this survey to the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (PACTS).
For more information contact Becky Hadley on 020 7808 7997.