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."

Comments - What do you think?
Related stories

Caravanning crucial to Shropshire tourism

Shropshire is a popular area with caravanners

When it comes to attracting visitors to the pleasant surroundings of Shropshire, caravans could hold the key to bringing more holidaymakers to the region

Confusion over plans to close Aberfeldy Caravan Park

Aberfeldy's stunning location makes it popular with caravanners

Chaos reigns over the proposed closeure of a caravan park in Aberfeldy after it was revealed that the figures used to justify the plans were wildly inaccurate.

For Sale

Burstner Nexxo t720 - 2012 - £44995

Burnster Nexxo t720

Low Low profile chasis motorhome

Rapido A-Class 999M - 2009 - £54995

Rapido A class 999M

This flagship Rapido model is based on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis (very rare) with the fantastic Mercedes 3.

Monaco Knight 38 PDQ - 2006 - £79995


THE most practical RV layout ever on the market with four slide out rooms, full cream leather interior and light oak cabinetry creates even greater feeling of space.

Niesmann+Bischoff Arto 69 PL (auto) - 2011 - £61995

Niesmann + Bischoff Arto 69 PL

One of the best build qualities in the industry including aluminium sandwich construction, deep double floor and front electric thermo windscreen blind make this motorhome fully winterised.

Benimar Tessoro Part 1: The 483 Full Test

The Tessoro 483 is built on a 170BHP Ford

At CaravanTimes we recently had a Benimar Tessoro 483 on test for a couple of weeks. We have done just over 2000 miles in the Tessoro and tested in various ways - as you will find out in our inspiration features coming up. But before we give you some ideas of where and why you should use a motorhome like the Tessoro we wanted to bring some information on the Tessoro range and the very interesting 483.

Bristanbul Video Documentary Part 1

Part one of the documentary is here

So as most of our readers will know, the CaravanTimes team were lucky enough to be part of Bailey of Bristols, Bristol to the Bosphoros trip. Travelling 21 countries in 21 days the team did a fantastic job to take the 2 caravans and motorhome cross-continental.

In pictures: testing the new Auto-Trail V-Line Sport 635 to the extreme

Caravan Times' Favourite Adventure Couple, Simon & Faye, CHeck out the new Autotrail V-line

This weekend however, we decided to test out how sporty the Auto-Trail V-Line Sport 635 really is.

PLANS VETOED: Essex caravan park plans vetoed again

Possible site location at Port Flair

Plans for a 70 pitch caravan park in Essex have been rejected by the local council for a second time.