Survey reveals half the markings on British roads are barely visible

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Around half of British road markings are barely visible, a survey shows.

Markings on Scottish and Welsh roads were particularly bad, the survey by the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA) indicated.

The association looked at 483 miles of British roads, including major English roads managed by the Highways Agency and local authority routes.

The survey showed that 50.6 per cent of road markings were barely visible, with 23 per cent of roads falling into the “emergency repairs” bracket.

Fewer than seven per cent of markings scored the highest rating. This compared with a survey 12 months earlier on the UK’s most dangerous roads which showed that 23 per cent of centre lines qualified for the highest rating.

Among English roads in the latest survey where markings were barely visible were stretches of the M1, M6 and M18.

RSMA national director George Lee 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.”