Launch of UK's largest white lines survey

Highways Reporters

The Road Safety Markings Association is set to carry out the UK’s biggest survey of the state of white lines.

More than 6,000 miles of roads in England, Scotland and Wales – including the UK’s ten most dangerous roads identified by the Road Safety Foundation - will be assessed for the quality of their central white lines this summer.

RSMA national director, George Lee said: “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.”

The latest figures on road casualties, issued by the Department for Transport, 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 at night - of which 35% are where there is no street lighting.

Lee said: “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.”

The findings of the report will be published in the autumn.

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