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Very confusing and dangerous road markings on the A44 on the north-west bound lane

Reported via desktop in the Road Markings category anonymously at 19:29, Monday 25 March 2024

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 1 minute later

For much of the length of the north-west bound A44, from the junction with the A4260 to the first roundabout at the start of the dual-carriageway, there is no white line on the edge of the road - as might be expected on an 'A' road, however there is one running along the edge of the cycle path. At quick glance, and particularly in poor light, this line reads as marking the edge of the main carriageway but in fact it's on the raised cycle path with a kerb between it and the road. This situation is confusing and a danger to all road users - I've already heard of someone damaging their car by hitting the kerb along this section of road.

This the RAC's definition of edge lines -

'Edge lines are white in colour and appear on the left-hand side of the road. The lines are sometimes ribbed to alert drivers they’re straying off the road and known as raised profile edge lines. They mark the edge of the carriageway and act as a useful guide to maintain a safe, lateral position on the road. You can expect to find these in areas prone to fog and mist, at sudden changes of road width and on unlit stretches of road.'

Council ref: ENQ24998645

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 19:30, Monday 25 March 2024

  • Apalling design - what a ridiculous way to mark the pavement/cycle track. Even in daylight this line is very misleading and should surely not be there?

    Posted anonymously at 14:15, Tuesday 26 March 2024

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