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Road markings very dangerous

Reported via mobile in the Road markings (NH) category anonymously at 17:34, Tue 14 March 2023

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4313447.

Road markings around new bridge are lethal. It will only be a matter of time until somebody is killed or seriously injured. The new markings merge with the old ones and nobody knows which lane to be in. I have seen many near misses. It is worse in direct sunlight.

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  • Thank you for your report to the National Highways Defect Tool on 16 March regarding lane markings on the M56.

    Last year, we installed temporary narrow lanes on the M56 motorway to create a safe area for our team to build supporting walls for the new bridge. As you know, the narrow lanes have now been removed and the carriageway returned to normal operation. To do this, we needed to paint over the temporary white lines with black paint. Sometimes this paint can create what is known as a ‘ghosting effect’, which is when the paint reflects light, giving the appearance of a white line. While we do everything that we can to stop this from happening, such as using textured paint and installing reflective studs, we’re aware it can still happen in certain circumstances, and can cause confusion for some motorists. Also as an extra measure we have reduced the speed limit to 50 miles per hour to slow the traffic down.

    I’m pleased to say we will be resurfacing this section of carriageway in summer 2023, which will mean the temporary lines will be permanently removed and new lines installed to clearly mark the lanes.

    Once again, thank you for sharing your feedback. I hope this response goes some way to alleviate your concerns. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the project team directly at For up to date information, please visit our dedicated scheme webpage

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by National Highways at 08:07, Fri 17 March 2023

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