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Continuous mis-use of poor lane markings

Reported via mobile in the Road markings (NH) category anonymously at 11:21, Sat 18 March 2023

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 4327873.

On the approach to this island from A5 Tamworth, the right hand lane is signposted to continue on the A5 and A38. There are 3 lanes on this island, and on a number of occasions, road users use the middle lane to enter the island for the A5 exit to Cannock, using the same lane as the road users in the right hand lane. I use this route often, and I have had a number of ‘near misses’ whereby I am in the ‘correct’ right lane to enter the island into the A5 marked lane, however the middle lane users also try to use this lane as typically, that is the correct ‘highway code’ way. I have just had another near miss, and from the point of view of the other road user, I was in the wrong, and he very angrily sped round me, cut me up and was at risk of causing a further incident. If I could only have told him, he was in fact in the wrong! Regular road users appear to be aware of this confusion, and will use the middle lane to quickly get onto the island, overtaking the correct right hand lane. But on the occasion like today, when the road user in the middle lane doesn’t know he is in the wrong lane, steadily approaches the entry onto the island, just like me, and we have to ‘scuffle’ to decide who gets into the lane first! My request - to review how the lanes are assigned to each exit and adopt the Highway Code approach so avoid any near misses and certain accidents. Thank you for your consideration.

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    Posted by National Highways at 14:42, Wed 22 March 2023

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