By Daniel Machin
Around half of the white line road markings on major highways in England need replacing as quickly as possible.
This is the conclusion from a study of 2,500 miles of the country's roads by the Road Safety Markings Association (RSMA).
It found that 52% of markings on motorways, 42% on dual carriageways and 48% on single carriageways need replacing immediately or scheduling for replacement right away.
Just 16% of markings on motorways were deemed to be in "excellent" condition, while only 13% of those on single carriageways fell into the same category.
Not up to the required standard
George Lee, RSMA national director, described it as "shameful" that so many road markings in England fail to meet the required standard.
"Despite continuing to give assurances of their commitment to road safety, those responsible for the upkeep of our roads continue to neglect the most cost-effective safety device available to road engineers, the white line," he said.
"These markings have already been paid for because we, as taxpayers, are paying to have the roads maintained properly, including the markings, and this is just not happening.
"The robust evidence in our survey and in this report proves this to be the case."
94% of markings on M3 stretch need replacing
A stretch of the M3 between Bagshot and Camberley in Surrey scored the lowest rating in the country.
As many as 94% of markings were found to be in need of replacing or being scheduled for replacement.
The A34 from the junction of the A44 (Kidlington) and the M40 (Bicester) in Oxfordshire, on the other hand, scored the highest rating.
No markings were found to be in need of replacing, with 99% in "excellent" condition.