Around half of the white line road markings on major highways in England need replacing as soon as possible.
This is the conclusion from a study of 2,500 miles of the country’s roads by the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA).
It found that 52% of markings on motorways, 42% on dual carriageways and 48% on single carriageways need replacing immediately or scheduling for replacement right away.
Just 16% of markings on motorways were deemed to remain excellent condition, while only 13% of those on single carriageways fell in to the same category.
Not up to the required standard
George Lee, RSMA national director, described it as shameful that a lot of road markings in England fail to meet the required standard.
Despite continuing to give assurances of their commitment to road safety, those accountable for the upkeep of our roads continue to neglect the most cost-effective safety device available to road engineers, the white line, he said.
These markings happen to be paid for because we, as taxpayers, are paying to get the roads maintained properly, including the markings, and this is just not happening.
The robust evidence in our survey and in this report proves this to be the case.
94% of markings on M3 stretch need replacing
A stretch of the M3 between Bagshot and Camberley in Surrey scored the lowest rating in the country.
As many as 94% of markings were found to be in demand for replacing or being scheduled for replacement.
The A34 from the junction of the A44 (Kidlington) and also the M40 (Bicester) in Oxfordshire, on the other hand, scored the highest rating.
No markings were found to be in demand for replacing, with 99% in excellent condition.