Wirral road named third worst in the country by Road Markings Association

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A BUSY Wirral road has been dubbed one of the worst in the country because of poorly maintained road markings.

More than 80% of the markings on the A551 – which runs from Wallasey to Heswall – are in desperate need of replacement, according to The Road Safety Markings Association.

After studying 2,420m of England’s roads, the RSMA branded the A551 as the third worst in the country.

Wirral Council questioned the claim and said the road – which the authority inspects every three months – has mostly good markings.

But the RSMA – which took a much smaller sample of the A551 than it did for other roads in its top and worst lists - said none of the markings they analysed reached recommended industry standards, with 83% requiring immediate replacement.

The RSMA deemed the remaining 17% of markings to be in such a poor condition that it said they needed to be scheduled for replacement work.

Starting in Wallasey Village, the A551 runs from Wallasey through to Moreton and Upton before leading to Heswall.

A spokesman for Wirral Council said: “Roads in Wirral are regularly inspected and there is a programme of road repairs, including renewal of road markings.

“If any unacceptable sections are found, they are scheduled for renewal.
“Most of this route, which is inspected every three months has good road markings.”

It is not just the A551 that has come off badly, with the RSMA study revealing that 47% of England’s road markings need replacing.

RSMA national director George Lee said: “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.

“It is shameful that half of the markings on roads in England are so worn out that they need to be replaced.”

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10:49am Thu 13 Mar 14

JimmyMercury says...

Think the inspector who does the regular inspections needs to go to Specsavers! Martins lane in Wallasey is a national disgrace yet from what I have been told they won't even look at repairing it until 2015 subject to cash being available. Bet Hoylake roads are perfect!
Think the inspector who does the regular inspections needs to go to Specsavers! Martins lane in Wallasey is a national disgrace yet from what I have been told they won't even look at repairing it until 2015 subject to cash being available. Bet Hoylake roads are perfect! JimmyMercury
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11:40am Thu 13 Mar 14

Growl Tiger says...

The spokesman for Wirral Council was told “go and find the book of statements and pick a few out for the Wirral Globe - they needn’t be true but as always make sure they say the professionals are wrong and we the super-dupers are correct”.
The spokesman for Wirral Council was told “go and find the book of statements and pick a few out for the Wirral Globe - they needn’t be true but as always make sure they say the professionals are wrong and we the super-dupers are correct”. Growl Tiger
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2:04pm Thu 13 Mar 14

bigfoot says...

Not withstanding the fact that a great deal of the on road parking bays are non compliant,but still they issue penalty charge notices.
Not withstanding the fact that a great deal of the on road parking bays are non compliant,but still they issue penalty charge notices. bigfoot
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6:23pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Llamedos 1 says...

Bigfoot is correct......Wirral Clowncils maintenance of residents parking bays, pay and display bays, taxi ranks and even bus stops are in the main non compliant to the Governments Road Traffic Sign manual. I suggest if anyone gets a ticket in any of the parking areas DO NOT PAY IT until you have checked out the legality of the PCN and the relevant markings and signs. Someone who I know has appealed 20 penalty charge notices on behalf of third parties and he has won every one which proves that WBC are well aware of their non compliance but are waving 2 fingers at the legislation. The best advice would be to check out on this web site .....www.pepepoo.com
Bigfoot is correct......Wirral Clowncils maintenance of residents parking bays, pay and display bays, taxi ranks and even bus stops are in the main non compliant to the Governments Road Traffic Sign manual. I suggest if anyone gets a ticket in any of the parking areas DO NOT PAY IT until you have checked out the legality of the PCN and the relevant markings and signs. Someone who I know has appealed 20 penalty charge notices on behalf of third parties and he has won every one which proves that WBC are well aware of their non compliance but are waving 2 fingers at the legislation. The best advice would be to check out on this web site .....www.pepepoo.com Llamedos 1
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