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Confusing lane markings

Reported via mobile in the Road markings category anonymously at 16:08, Monday 19 April 2021

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

Approaching the roundabout on the A303 Westbound, signage to continue on the A303 suggests that one should be in the right-hand lane (3rd exit). But the exit quickly narrows, with the right-hand lane quickly merging with what is, in effect, another viable lane on the left. I have had and seen several near missed upon exiting this roundabout, regardless of which lane I select.

Could the exit for the 303 not have TWO lanes marked, so that drivers realise that they are meant to merge in turn? Perhaps also worth reviewing the signage for A303 traffic upon approaching this roundabout, to shown that both lanes could be fine for the 3rd exit for the 303?? Thank you.

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England. concerning the A303 South Petherton roundabout.

    We shall look into this issue and aim to provide a response by 04/05/21.

    Can we please ask that you check back on this date for an update.

    Kind regards

    Highways England

    Posted by Highways England at 13:45, Tuesday 20 April 2021

  • Thank you for contacting Highways England about the A303 South Petherton roundabout.

    The evidence of personal injury collisions at Hayes End roundabout shows that collision numbers are quite low and aren’t serious in nature. We’ve therefore been unable to prioritise larger scale improvements at this location ahead of more serious issues elsewhere on our road network in the South West.

    However, we’re aware of the concerns about the use of this roundabout we've been exploring if there are other short term smaller scale measures that might be implemented to improve safety and customer experience.

    A design to improve information for drivers about which lane to use on the west bound approach to the roundabout is near completion. We're currently in the planning phase for this scheme with the intention to implement it this financial year barring any unforeseen delays.

    We hope this answers your enquiry. If you have any further queries, please contact our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or

    Kind regards Highways England

    Posted by Highways England at 08:26, Thursday 22 April 2021

  • State changed to: Fixed

    Updated by Highways England at 08:27, Thursday 22 April 2021

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