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Unclear road markings

Reported via desktop in the Road markings (NH) category anonymously at 07:16, Mon 23 November 2020

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 2400571.

This slip road has three lanes but the road markings are not clear as to the direction of those lanes when leaving the slip road. The round about cannot accomodate three lanes of traffic so is it safe to assume that the inside lane should be only for going down the Southend Road and the middle and outer lan for the A130? I ahve witnessed numerous near misses at this junction where all three lanes fromt he slip road try and navigate around the round about to the A130 (southend bound).

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  • Thank you for contacting Highways England.

    We are aware of the faded road markings on the A12 that you have mentioned.

    Our inspector has reviewed this issue recently and doesn’t feel it is a safety concern at this time.

    We will continue to review this and will arrange any required work if the situation changes.

    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 21785317 to discuss this matter further.

    Kind regards Highways England

    Posted by National Highways at 14:34, Wed 2 December 2020

  • Good evening. Tonight at about 17.30 I pulled away from the lights on to the A12 sliproad going north from the a130. There was a pool of standing water on the left of the bottom of the sliproad. Concealed in this was a pothole, which my nearside wheels hit. Front and rear tyres punctured. My speed was no more than 30 mph at that time as I had just pulled away. I have reported this via police 101, and my car is currently in the local garage for assessment. My email is

    Posted anonymously at 22:06, Mon 18 January 2021

  • This is not a matter of faded road markings and I don’t know how an inspector has come to this conclusion. The problem is as you get off the a12 two lanes are created and shortly after markings show left and straight arrow in left lane and right and straight arrow in right lane. Then the right lane expands into two lanes and shortly after that all three lanes have just straight ahead arrows which is clearly not suitable and causing a confusion as everyone sees a straight arrow in their lane and think they have no reason to look for merges as well as there is no merge arrows to indicate a merge system of the three lanes into the two that follow straight on and around the round about to allow everyone to proceed straight on. It would seem the system was based on a three lane round about or once had some sort of merge system which have been changed but slip road not adjusted? It seems the most logical way to have it would be to have the left lane say left only from the first marking and the second marking to send everyone on inner lane towards Howe Green, then have the right lane stay as it is. The third lane created as the right lane expands could be changed from just straight arrow to straight and right but this doesn’t cause any issues between drivers as who ever wants to go right can without impacting anyone. Also I think a sign as you get off labelling the lanes with the changes would help with letting people know the change who would normally use that lane and help people correctly position themselves making it safer for everyone with the added bonus of being more durable then the road markings. Hopefully this can be rectified as I see it as hugely misleading to drivers and I can imagine new drivers get into a mess when they are taught to stays as left as possible and then end up without a lane to go straight with even though they just drove past a straight arrow in their lane. Kind regards.

    Posted anonymously at 00:18, Mon 29 March 2021

  • No update?

    Posted anonymously at 23:49, Thu 13 May 2021

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