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Inappropriate road markings cause merge without indication to drivers

Reported via mobile in the Road markings (NH) category anonymously at 22:57, Mon 17 January 2022

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 3248274.

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 roundabout 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(what becomes middle 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 being put up as you get off labelling the lanes with the changes would help with letting people know the change has took place 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 and more visible late night or busy day time when cars are bumper to bumper covering markings. Hopefully this can be rectified as I see it as hugely misleading to drivers(horns go off almost every time I drive through the junction) 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.

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  • Thank you for your report concerning road markings on the A12. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention.

    We have passed your report on to the relevant department who will investigate your concerns. In the meantime, they have advised that there is a congestion easing scheme due to be delivered here within 2022. Road markings will be part of this scheme.

    In the future could you please report issues such as this to our Customer Contact Centre as this reporting tool is designed for defects such as a broken sign or barrier, litter, overgrown vegetation or potholes.

    Our Customer Contact Centre, available 24 hours a day at:

    • 0300 123 5000


    Kind regards

    National Highways

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted anonymously at 15:28, Tue 18 January 2022

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