Home Menu Search

White Lines Save Lives

11 November 2010

Better centre line markings on the UK's most dangerous roads could help save 125 deaths and serious injuries, according to a report.

The centre line markings on eight of out ten of the UK’s most dangerous roads are so worn that one third is almost non-existent, and half of the lines fall below the minimum specifiable standard, according to report to be published later this month by the Road Safety Markings Association at its “Seeing is Surviving” conference.

International research shows simple white lines can reduce crashes by 30%. The Report will show:

  • Road users are being killed and seriously injured on the UK’s most deadly roads – often for want of the cost of a pot of paint
  • White lines on the UK’s most dangerous roads are twice as bad as those on the overall road network
  • A 5-mile section of the A6135 north of Sheffield has the worst road markings in the survey with three-quarters of markings non-existent or highly worn
  • Spend of £2.55 per metre on centre line markings on the UK’s most dangerous roads could help to save 125 deaths and serious injuries
  • Investment in road markings on 7 out of 10 most improved roads is already helping to save lives 
  • On one of the worst roads – a 5-mile section of the A6135 between Ecclesfield and junction 36 of the M1 (Hoyland) – three-quarters of the markings are either barely visible or need an immediate schedule for replacement.

Taking the top 10 most dangerous roads identified in the latest Road Safety Foundation report (2006-2008), the RSMA assessed the quality of centre lines.

Of the ten dangerous roads which had most improved, as identified by the Road Safety Foundation, seven had undergone targeted road marking treatments, with improvements resulting in reductions in fatal and serious crashes by as much as 74%.

Related news, events and information

Poor Marks for UK White Lines

5 March 2012 – The UK's road markings are vanishing at an alarming rate, with well over half of white lines in Scotland and...

Road markings are the 'rails' for the self-steering car.

27 November 2013 – www.rsma.co.uk/At least half the travel on Europe's roads by 2025 will be in vehicles which can read the road...

Road markings are in rapid decline

22 November 2012 – The quality of road markings on the UK's roads is in rapid decline, with the standard of markings on Scotland's...

Engineers question value of white lines

1 July 2006 – Central white line markings 'serve no safety purpose' on local roads, and there is evidence suggesting that...

Cars of the future need readable roads

3 December 2013 – New cars today do more to protect life than vehicles just 10 years ago, and by 2025, half of the cars on the...

Angry residents paint squiggly lines on the road to confuse speeders

27 July 2023 – A group of residents have taken matters - and tins of white paint - into their own hands and drawn squiggly...

Simple engineering measures pay back in 10 weeks to save £50m annually:

23 May 2011 – More than 300 people in the UK are alive today or have avoided the prospect of a lifetime of special care...

British EuroRAP report

3 November 2014 – Authorities scheduling low cost safety improvements alongside routine maintenance have helped reduce fatal and...

Self-driving electric Nissan Leaf navigates a 230 mile road journey.

7 February 2020 – Story from This is Money. A self-driving electric Nissan Leaf has navigated itself 230 miles up the country to...