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A66 marked as 'danger' road in study.

Byline: Jez Davison Reporter

TEESSIDE is home to one of the country's most dangerous roads, a new report has claimed.

The westbound A66 running through Middlesbrough is among the worst marked roads in England according to the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA), with 81% of the markings in need of immediate attention.

The study also said more than a third (36%) of markings on dual carriageways in the area needed replacing.

The problem is not just con-fined to Teesside either. Half of all road markings in England are so worn that they need replacing, the report said, while just 16% of markings on motorways and 13% on single carriageways make the "excellent" grade.

The RSMA called for improvements to the markings to make roads safer for drivers and pedestrians.

George Lee, national director at RSMA, said: "We, as taxpayers, are paying to have the roads maintained properly, including the markings, and this is just not happening.

"The humble white line can save lives and it is therefore important that they are maintained to a sufficient standard that they do their job properly. If a line is so worn that it cannot be seen, it may as well not be there."

He said the report would "not make comfortable reading" for the Highways Agency, which is responsible for maintaining the country's main roads on behalf of the Department for Transport.

But the DfT hit back, claiming that the roads were "among the safest in the world".

A DfT spokesman said: "The Highways Agency monitors the status of the network and takes prompt action to remedy road markings that need improvement.

In the majority of cases the maintenance of road markings is carried out as part of planned work.

"The local road network is the responsibility of local highway authorities, and it is for those authorities to ensure that their roads are fit for purpose.

"The Government is providing over PS3.4bn in this Parliament and over PS5.8bn in the next for local highways maintenance."

The Dft declined to comment on the A66 or the Teesside road network.


The westbound A66 in Middlesbrough, above and left, where a road safety study shows 81% of markings in need of attention IAN MCINTYRE
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Mar 15, 2014
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