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Road markings and signage potentially dangerous

Reported via mobile in the Road markings category anonymously at 15:12, Saturday 24 July 2021

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

The road markings at this junction and the lane assignments have re entry been changed. Lane 1 used to be left turn, or straight on and is now left turn only. Drivers are still using lane 1 of the junction to go straight on, bringing them into conflict with vehicles in lane 2 moving left into lane 1 as they enter the RA. Lane 2 vehicles used to enter the RA into lane 2, but are now required to move left into lane 1 and they enter the RA - many drivers are still entering the RA in lane 2 which brings them into conflict with lane three vehicles moving across to lane 2 as they enter the RA. Signage on approach to the roundabout is too little, too late, and not clear enough. Signage painted onto the road doesn’t match the roadside signage. And lines painted on the junction are jumbled and unclear. Lane 1 entering the junction NEEDS to be a forced filter directly onto the left slip road of the North-bound road. Not light controlled, just a filter onto the Northern slip. Then the lines painted at the junction leading onto the RA need to be made much clearer to direct drivers onto the correct part of the RA.

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England regarding Spittals roundabout.

    The changes we’re making at the junction are a result of a design to make sure the correct destination signs are in place for the A1307 and A141. In order to manage the traffic, rather than closing the junction completely, we’ve done the work in phases around the roundabout. The road marking layout on the eastbound approach to Spittals is the last phase which is due to be finished early this week. Also, once all our changes are complete, a road safety audit will be done to highlight if there are any safety concerns which need addressing.

    Lane 1 is now a dedicated left hand filter lane, solely intended for drivers wishing to exit Spittals roundabout and head northbound along the A1307 towards the A1M. Lanes 2 and 3 are for drivers continuing to travel on the A141 eastbound, or exiting Spittals roundabout to head southbound along the A1307.

    As with any changes to the road layout on our SRN, we have installed temporary signs on the approach to Spittals roundabout, advising that the road layout has changed. As a temporary solution, we’ve also masked off the incorrect information on the approaching signs while replacement signs are being obtained. This ensures that the information on the signs matches the road markings on the approach to the roundabout, which should make it clear for approaching drivers which lane to take for their journey.

    We apologise if these temporary measures have caused some confusion and not been very clear. We’re finishing the work by installing lane markings on the roundabout early this week and the straight ahead arrow in the inside lane will be hydro-blasted.

    We have also recently discovered an issue on the controller that runs the traffic signals and resolved this yesterday. We hope this has improved the traffic light issue at the roundabout.

    Thank you again for contacting us

    Kind Regards Highways England

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted anonymously at 12:52, Wednesday 28 July 2021

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