Faded road markings
Reported in the Road markings category anonymously at 09:41, Wednesday 30 September 2020
Sent to Highways England less than a minute later
The road markings have worn away, which on a daily basis is now causing near miss accidents due to motorists being in the wrong lane.
Where the pin is, lane 2 is to follow the A38 to Derby, but motorists are using this lane to take the B6019 road to Alfreton. Lane 3 is the correct lane for this road.
Thank you for contacting us regarding your concerns with M1 junction 28.
Highways England are aware of recurring issues at this location associated with drivers circulating in the incorrect lanes and then attempting to changes lanes to the detriment of those users correctly circulating the junction. Although this issue is not resulting in unusually high levels of injury accidents we do acknowledge that it will be leading to near misses, driver frustration and on some occasions damage only incidents. As you can appreciate, driver behaviour and human error continue to be the most likely cause of incidents on the strategic road network today and to this end we are continuously looking to improve the network to unsure users are fully aware of how the network should be used.
In response to previous correspondence relating to this junction we have undertaken site inspections to evaluate the exiting highways infrastructure, We can advise you that we are of the opinion that the current signing and lining regime in place at the junction is adequate to clearly guide drivers into the inner lane of the southern bridge structure for the B6019 exit. Our observations did confirm that the vast majority of drivers are using the junction correctly and as marked. A small minority of drivers were witnessed using the incorrect lane when looking to exit into the B6019 but their reasons for doing this are not clear. From our experience there will always be a small number of drivers that will look to use a junction incorrectly for their own benefit. As you will appreciate this junction does get congested and as such the desire to incorrectly use the junction to avoid potential delays will be heightened.
On a more positive note we are pleased to be able to advise you that Highways England do have aspirations to implement an improvement scheme at this junction. The primary aim of the scheme is improve the capacity of the junction, the proposed improvements will inevitably include alterations to the junction that will have a positive impact on the issue you have raised.
We must inform you that any future schemes are reliant on funding being allocated to the scheme, at the time of writing this response such funding has not been allocated so we are unable to give any indication of when works are likely to be undertaken.
We would like to thank you for contacting us about your concerns. If you require any further update on this issue our Customer Contact Centre is available 24 hours a day at:
• 0300 123 5000
Please quote 11710464 to discuss this matter further.
Posted by Highways England at 11:23, Friday 2 October 2020
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