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The lane markings on the southbound slip road / approach to roundabout give confusing information, and are also worn away. They have caused a number of near misses.

Reported in the Road markings category anonymously at 08:54, Monday 27 July 2020

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

There are three problems: 1) The lane markings are illegible. Google StreetView indicates they have not been maintained since around 2008 when they were in good condition. 2) They are too close to the roundabout to allow a decision in good time. They are not supported by a 'get in lane' sign demonstrating the lane layout earlier on the slip road, only a diagram of the roundabout layout, which for example demonstrates that the A444 South exit is 'to the left' 3) The left lane (when legible) is only marked 'Measham' (a minor route used by relatively few vehicles). The remaining 5 exits are directed into the right lane - including the southbound A444 which is heavily used by goods traffic and to access the nearby Services. The situation is unintuitive and there is not enough supporting information to overcome the instinctive use of the left lane for the A444 South exit. Consequently both lanes often enter the roundabout in conflict, intending to use the same part. Compare this with the M42 Northbound exit at the same roundabout: here the left lane is marked to include the A444 North - a more logical solution in almost identical conditions. This approach would be preferable and easily understood at the Southbound slip road detailed above.

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England. We have passed you report regarding your concerns about the suitability and upkeep of the roundabout to our local inspector who will review the issue on their next safety check.

    We aim to provide a further update no later than 06 August 2020.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    Posted anonymously at 08:51, Monday 3 August 2020

  • Thank you for your patience while we look into your concerns.

    Due to the complex nature of your enquiry we're still investigating all the aspects of your enquiry.

    We aim to provide a further update no later than 13 August 2020.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    Posted anonymously at 17:19, Thursday 6 August 2020

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