UK road maintenance is wide of the mark, study reveals

Road markings on many roads in Britain are in severe need of maintanence
Road markings on many roads in Britain are in severe need of maintanence

Tuesday, 18, Dec 2012 10:55

by Jack Beresford

More must be done to ensure the UK's roads are correctly maintained, with many authorities currently failing to enforce proper marking standards.

That was the message gleaned from a new survey conducted by the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) which saw some 7,250 kilometres of white lines across the UK closely examined.

And the findings made for concerning reading, with the amount of road that warranted a "danger rating" from the RSMA climbing from eight per cent to 17 per cent over the past two years.

Scottish roads were found to be in the worst condition, with 61 per cent of single and dual carriageway lines found to be barely visible.

A section of the M6 between Wigan and Standish was ranked as the worst area in England, with 66 per cent of lines in dire need of work and 96 per cent in need of replacement.

The A5156 Wrexham South road also offered the poorest standard for markings in Wales, with 93 per cent of lines in need of repair.

RSMA national director George Lee said: "In spite of the Highways Agency having a standard by which its markings are measured and maintained, there is clear evidence of significant decline."

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