6 OF BRITAIN’S 10 ‘MOST IMPROVED’ ROADS FEATURE BETTER ROAD MARKINGS: COMMENT ON ROAD SAFETY FOUNDATION REPORT
A report out today* from the Road Safety Foundation charity shows better markings cited in six of Britain’s top 10 “most improved” roads.
This year’s most improved road is the A227 between Tonbridge and the A25 near Borough Green. Kent County Council is responsible for this road and attributes the reduction in trauma to the introduction of a routine maintenance regime. In addition to signing and lining, there are yellow-backed signs in hazardous locations, and good use of double white lines, speed limit roundels and road safety education packages, the report says.
Welcoming the report, Making Road Travel as Safe as Rail and Air, Road Safety Markings Association Chief Executive, George Lee, says: “Major engineering solutions such as converting to a dual carriageway or adding a central crash barrier may cut head-on collisions, but the cost of such measures can be beyond the reach of squeezed budgets. But there are visual alternatives, in the form of road markings – such as central hatching, road studs and rumble strips – that are a fraction of the cost. Junction crashes can be reduced by turn lanes, and again, rumble strips can help prevent run-off collisions.”
The Foundation report highlights the modest actions by authorities on the 10 most improved roads that led to local falls in serious crashes from 168 to 53 (-68%).
“High quality road markings are not a cosmetic ‘nice-to-have’ but a critical element of the network’s safety infrastructure, giving the driver a clear explanation of the road ahead. Highly reflective, well-maintained markings are also an increasingly important factor in autonomous or partially-autonomous vehicles,” he adds.
*The full report Making Road Travel as Safe as Rail and Air is on the Road Safety Foundation www.roadsafetyfoundation.org
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