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The A34 northbound exit for east Ilsley and Compton has no signs or white lines cat eyes to give direction of the road turning to the left

Reported via mobile in the Cat Eyes/ Reflectors (NH) category anonymously at 15:12, Monday 12 February 2024

Sent to National Highways less than a minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5566747.

I was driving with three young children and it was 7pm at night, we were travelling and exiting the a34 at east Ilsley and Compton junction. On leaving the a34 it was dark and raining and all of a sudden we were on the grass verge area, which is uneven and bumpy, lucky I took the correct actions and was able to safely stop, removing the children from the car and getting help to safely remove car onto slip road with very little damage. On stopping by the slip road to rejoin the a34 it become apparent a police car had done the same, but had caused serious damage to their vehicle. Whilst waiting for assistance another car came off doing exactly the same and punctured their tyres. On returning to the scene in day light I can clearly see how this is a serious accident waiting to happen. There are no clear lines showing the direction of the road, no warning signs that the slip road is very short and turns sharply. This is a village and I appreciate that most people using it are fully aware but this is off the A34 a busy and dangerous road at the best of times. My children and I walked away but seeing it in daylight I’m horrified at the risk the highway agency have not made this safe immediately - reading other posts it shows that this has continued to be an issue before and 5 vehicle left the road on Friday 9th February 24 I dread to think how many more will be doing so in the dark.

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  • Thank you for your report concerning road markings.

    We have passed your report on to the relevant department.

    As per our guidance documents there are existing warning lines (Longer centre lines on the main carriageway) to advise traffic of something ahead (In this case the junction). There is a 38m long bifurcation arrow to indicate the exit slip in addition to numerous traffic signs. These Bifurcation arrows are used on slip roads where appropriate, and are positioned longitudinally at a point where the slip road has developed adequate width to accommodate the markings without the inclined arrowhead being to close to the far side of the lane. This means drivers should have enough width for their vehicle to fit within the slip road at the point the inclined arrowhead is positioned. It appears that vehicles exiting the mainline to early, we could explore if a edge of carriageway marking would benefit from being added to the nearside of the exit slip. There are current proposals to address the asset needs in 2025/26 subject to funding.

    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 • info@nationalhighways.co.uk Kind regards National Highways

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by National Highways at 08:49, Wednesday 21 February 2024

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