18 February 2016

Allyson Morgan

UK roads with road markings


  • 8% of Brits can imagine safer roads without markings
  • 56% are convinced road markings should stay
  • 48% of 20-29 years think it could work

Road markings on UK roads


A pilot scheme is being planned in Norfolk which would see the removal of white lines on several roads to observe whether drivers would drive slower and if this would result in less accidents. The central markings have been a feature of British roads for almost 100 years. mingle Trend asked the British public whether they thought the removing of these lines would make roads in the UK safer.

Out of the 937 participants, 8% are optimistic the removal of markings would make the roads safer. 36% think it could work and 56% are convinced it won`t bring the desired effect. The younger generations are more likely to see the possibility it could work, 43% of 16-19 years and 48% of 20-29 years say it could be effective.

What is your opinion on this? Do you think the removal of markings on UK roads could make them safer? Would you be comfortable driving on roads with no markings?

Survey data base

Type of survey : British population between 16-69 years of age
Sample :937 British participants selected on a representative basis
Survey time : 05.02.16 until 10.02.16
Method: Online survey, sample

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  1. Newman says:

    The white lines in the middle of the road a a visual reminder of where you are in the road. Taking them away will not add to safety, as they do not pose any hazard but, in some cases may increase confusion and uncertainty for drivers. There is no reason I know of that would justify their removal.

  2. neil roberts says:

    highways altered the markings on our local bypass, lines everywhere and did away with acceleration lanes, result, 3 fatalities and several serious accidents in 6 months

  3. Julie says:

    Totally agree. There would be more accidents caused by removing them. Those who go too fast would still continue to do so.

  4. Peter Edwards says:

    There are enough silly driver’s on the roads, without going and taking away the road markings. It would lead to lots of confusion as some drivers ignore them anyway.

  5. MW says:

    There is a short road I use regularly without any lane markings. The road is just as wide as the surrounding ones but has the illusion of not being as wide, so – particularly when someone is coming the other way – you are more careful. In some areas I can see it being very successful. It’s certainly easier on the car and more comfortable to drive on than another town I know well which is just a mass of speed bumps!

  6. Sarah Jane says:

    Madness…. How could taking away lane markings on a motorway possibly make them safer is my initial thought followed quickly by, increased confusion on the roads at speed can only make things worse, surely!

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